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Personal devotion is where we make room for God to speak to us through His Word. Learning to hear God’s voice is vital to experiencing a God-first life. As we read the Word, we discover the character of God, and learn to apply the Scriptures in real-time. We encourage you to make it a daily priority in your life! Be sure to connect with us online as well!
Rivers SOAP Method
SOAP is short for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer and is a simple way to approach your personal devotion time with God.
Here’s what you need:
Note: It’s also
helpful to set a specific time and place where you meet God each day. If
you know when and where you plan to “meet God,” you are more likely to
show up. He will certainly be there waiting for you!
1. S for Scripture
Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your bible next to the scriptures that stand out. When you are done, reread the verses you marked, look for one that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
2. O for 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. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words in your journal.
3. A for Application
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.
4. P for Prayer
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!
That’s it! SOAP. It’s as simple or deep as you want it to be.
Additional great elements for your time of Personal Devotion:
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