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 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.
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 First UMC in Lincoln, IL.
I. Opening Prayer
Loving God, as you sent Jesus to show us how to live, now give me the power of your Holy Spirit so that I might follow you today and always. In Christ's name I pray, amen.
II. Read Psalm 139
III. Daily Scripture Readings
Sunday, October 25
Monday, October 26
Tuesday, October 27
Wednesday, October 28
Thursday, October 29
Friday, October 30
Saturday, October 31
Sunday, Nov 1
IV. My Response
Today, Lord, help me abide in you and be fruitful. May those who come into contact with me know something of your love and grace. In Christ's name, Amen.
V. Soul Care Exercise
Below are some recommended spiritual exercises from our Soul Care series this fall. As we proceed together in Christ, we invite you to continue to care for your soul through these and other means.