At Bethany, our desire is that every believer would not just attend church, but also hear from God daily through His Word.
As we read the Bible, we begin to see how God responds to things. Doing daily devotions re-patterns the way we think, transforms the spirit of our mind, and helps us become more like Jesus! Devotion to Jesus comes through devotion to the Bible, which is His Word written to you personally. We encourage you to use the S.O.A.P. personal daily devotional process.
S.O.A.P. is an acronym: Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer.
While doing this, write your thoughts down in a journal. S.O.A.P. journaling is a simple and excellent way to both record and process what God has spoken to you. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on and review some of the ‘gems’ that you have received. Without writing them down, you may forget those blessings and important lessons! Furthermore, while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with another person, so having a written record becomes very important! Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others!
HOW TO S.O.A.P.
S - Scripture
Open your Bible to your reading for the day. 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.
O - Observation
What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture?
Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.
A - Application
Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or correction for a particular area of your life.
Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P - Prayer
This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or even a prayer for 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.