A Guide for Daily Prayer & Readings

How to Use This Guide

We’ve compiled this as a guide for daily prayer for individuals, couples, and 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.

Struggled with How to Read the Bible?

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 Morton UMC in Morton, IL.

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I. Opening Prayer

Lord God, help me to know your love.  From there, help me to love you and others well.  Come, Lord Jesus, for I am yours.  Amen.

II. Read Psalm 51
III. Daily Scripture Readings

1. Sunday, Feb 14

2. Monday, Feb 15

3. Tuesday, Feb 16

4. Ash Wednesday

5. Thursday, Feb 18

6. Friday, Feb 19

7. Saturday, Feb 20

8. Sunday, Feb 21

1. John 13:31-35

2. Joel 2:1-2, 12-17

3. 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10

4. Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

5. 1 John 1:3-10

6. Psalm 25:1-10

7. Matthew 9:2-13

8. Beginning today--and proceeding through Lent--we will be using our Lenten devotional "Walking Toward Jesus" for daily readings and prayers.  That can be found in PDF form on the homepage of our site.

IV. Prayer
  • Offer thanks

  • Pray for yourself

  • Pray for others

  • Pray for the Church

  • Give praise to God

V. Reflection
  • Silent (listening to God)

  • Written

VI. The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who is in heaven, holy is your name.  May your Kingdom come, may your will be done--on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us.  Lead us not into temptation; for yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

VII. Benediction

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.