A Guide for Daily Prayer and Reading
How to use this guide
We’ve compiled this as a guide for daily prayer for individuals, couples, and smaller groups. It is intended to be a starting point for prayer and Scripture reading and an aide in growing closer to Christ. The readings and theme for each week will tie into our weekend worship and sermons.
The format is intended to begin with an opening prayer and Psalm reading. Then, there is a reading for each day of the week. If you miss a day or three, its ok. Just pick back up where you were or skip ahead. We'll update the readings weekly.
Don’t have a Bible handy? Biblegateway.com and the YouVersion app have easy access to many translations. Some common, reliable, and easy-to-understand versions to check out are the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) the New Living Translation (NLT), The Message (MSG), or the New International Version (NIV). Struggled with how to read the Bible? Here is a guide that can be helpful:
R – Read the passage twice. After the first reading, pause and reflect, then read again more slowly.
E – Evaluate What is new to me from this reading? What did I learn about God? About myself? About the world or other people? Any commands to obey, principles to follow, or promises to enjoy?
A – Apply Take 3 minutes in silent prayer. Envision yourself meeting with God over coffee. Ask God to show you how this Scripture can or should make a difference in your life. Ask if there is something specific you are supposed to do in response to what you have read.
L – Live into what God has revealed to you through this passage.*
*The R.E.A.L acronym is borrowed from Rev. Michael Paulson at First UMC in Lincoln, IL.
Almighty and loving God...you who have sent Jesus into the world to suffer, die, and rise again for our sake...help us to experience your transforming resurrection power in our lives today. We offer our prayers, and our hearts, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
II. Read Psalm 23
III. Daily Scripture Readings
Sunday, April 5
Monday, April 6
Tuesday, April 7
Wednesday, April 8
Isaiah 42:1-9 & John 12:1-11
Isaiah 53:1-6 & John 12:20-36
Isaiah 53:7-9 & John 13:21-32
Isaiah 53:10-12 & John 13:1-17, 31-35
IV. Personal Reflection on the Text: silent or written
“Bless the Lord” http://bit.ly/2WvElVv
“Jesus Remember Me” http://bit.ly/2vt7NjA
“O Lord, Hear My Prayer” http://bit.ly/33s4ype
VII. God’s Promise
There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God--"neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39)
VIII. My Response
Lord, help me to see you and to walk with you through this week of trial.