When I was 14 years old my camp counselor encouraged me to try to read the Bible every day for a year. I really admired this woman and wanted to be like her. So, I decided I would do what she said and come back the next year to camp to show her I read my Bible every day just like her.
Although my motives weren’t exactly on track I know for sure that is when I really learned what it was like to be close to Jesus. I grew spiritually that year, developed personal standards and even a burden for the mission field.
Since that time I have had spiritual highs and lows like any other Christian. I have not always been faithful to my Lord in having daily devotions. I have not always been eager to open my Bible and honestly there have been times I struggled to find the time to pray let alone read my Bible. But none of that changes the fact that we need to be in our Bibles daily. Without a doubt, the times I have been closest to Christ have been the times I was having devotions every day.
I know it can be hard to find time to have devotions. I know it can be hard to find a Bible study that keeps your interest sometimes. I have been there. That’s why I am so excited to team up with Anna from Grace Happening and Young Housewife from Psalm1830 to bring some of our favorite ways to Dig Deep in the Word. Stay here for my current Bible study then click along to Grace Happening and Psalm1830 to find what they have been doing. Leave comments along the way to tell us what you think and what your favorite Bible study has been. My prayer is that we encourage other women to get into the Word and grow close to the Lord.
Prayers in Psalms
Starting in Psalm 1, as I read I will write down things that I see I need to work on in my own life, or ways I should be praying. I will write down how a Christian should live if I come across verses speaking of that. Basically, anything I could work on in my own life if a verse speaks of it I write it down along with it’s reference.
For example, I see in Psalm 1 that I need to delight in God’s Word, meditate on His Word day and night, and not be easily moved. So I wrote those things down. Some days I do a whole Psalm, some days I do a couple verses. Some days I do 3-4 Psalms. This is the no excuses Bible study because whether you have 10 minutes or 60 you have time.
Then this is where it gets really exciting. The next day before I begin the next Psalm I will first go through the Psalm I did the day before and pray over them. So, if yesterday I did Psalm 1 then today I am praying that the Lord help me delight in His Word, that He help me to think on His Word all day, and that I stand firm in the convictions He’s given me.
I really love reading my Bible and praying this way. I believe the Bible is a great guideline for our prayers and it helps me to stay on track and not day dream as I pray. Also, it gets me out of the rut of the repetitious prayers we sometimes get stuck in. It challenges me.
It’s important to find a Bible study that keeps you excited. What do you do? What struggles do you find when it comes to your own personal devotions? Ready for more ideas to get you digging deeper? Go ahead and visit Grace Happening and Psalm1830 now.