The following Bible reading and journaling plan is designed to be used by all the members of Keystone Heights Presbyterian Church.
We encourage you to purposefully read and study the Bible this year. Our church is is utilizing a reading plan that is thought provoking, centered on the the Holy Spirit’s specific insight for you, and is achievable.
Each day, you will read a new section of Scripture. The passages are often laid out in a chronological manner. For example: On a day that you read about David fleeing from Saul, you will also read the psalm that David wrote out of that experience.
The S.O.A.P. METHOD OF BIBLE READING
Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date (today’s reading can also be found on your Bible Reading bookmark). Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this Scripture down in your own words in your journal. Use a study Bible such as the Reformation Study Bible to help you learn the meaning of a particular passage.
Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this Scripture can apply to you today.
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now write it out.
Get a blank notebook that you can write in daily. Each day, use a new page to record your thoughts as you go through the SOAP method. At the top of the page record three things
1) The Date
2)Title/Subject that defines your thoughts for the day’s readings
3) Page number
On the remainder of the page, create headings for S (Scripture), O (Observation), A (Application), P (Prayer). Use each heading to record what the Holy Spirit speaks to you for that day’s reading. Reserve a few pages at the beginning of the journal to create a table of contents that contains:
DATE/SCRIPTURE FOCUS/ A TITLE/SUBJECT THAT YOU CREATE FOR THAT READING/PAGE
“When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)
One of the most comforting and precious promises contained in God’s Word is found in John 9:31. It’s here in this verse that the man whose blindness had been miraculously healed by Jesus at the Pool of Siloam (see John 9:1-7) speaks these words, “…if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will God listens to him.” The good news for believers is that if we are in Christ…God hears us! He listens to us. He hears our cries (both internal and external) when we’re afraid (Psalm 34:4). He listens to our concerns when we’re experiencing various degrees of poverty, lack or troubles(Psalm 34:6). He is attentive to our pleas for help and guidance (Psalm 34:17). No matter what we may be going through (i.e. pain, loss, confusion, stress, poverty, opposition) we can rest assured that God always hears our prayers. He always listens to our requests because “his ears [are] toward [our] cry” (Psalm 34:15). He will always hear us because He is always near us (Psalm 34:18). And ultimately, not only does He promise to hear us, but He sovereignly promises to “deliver” (Psalm 34:4,7, 17,19), “save” (Psalm 34:6,18) and “redeem” (Psalm 34:22) us!
Consistent and intentional daily prayer is one of the spiritual disciplines that many Christians struggle with the most. We need to be encouraged by this verse to persevere in praying, because our prayers are never wasted! The Lord hears us. He is always listening!
Lord, thank You so much for the fact that You always hear us and that you are always near us! –Amen–