Today, we enter a new year, with new dreams, new visions and new possibilities. But as we look at the days ahead with a fresh heart, we also have a fresh new opportunity to dive in the Word…to intentionally draw closer to God during the year. Knowing God and knowing His Word more doesn’t happen by osmosis.
This weekend, Pastor Leo preached about prayer and fasting and he focused on the model prayer (commonly referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer”) in Matthew 6:9-13.
“Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
And he made this statement about this passage says, “When you pray…”
“Unless you have a WHEN prayer will become an IF”
I LOVED that! And to be honest, the same is true for time in the Word.
Today, I wanted to share with you a way you can journal your way through the Word this year and see how God moves in your life and the lives of those you are praying for…and to see how you draw closer to Him through the year as you spend precious time in the Word.
SO…I thought I’d share something that may help you in your journey. It’s something that has helped me over the years and I hope it will help you, as well. Here is how I typically JOURNAL MY WAY THROUGH THE WORD…
the date, the passages you will be reading and then the following questions…
1. What is God’s Word saying in context?
2. What is it saying to me?
3. How can I apply it to my life?
4. How is this leading me to pray? (Or “Prayer Targets for the day”)
Then read your Scripture for the day (whether it’s one chapter or five…whatever works for you. Just make God’s Word a primary passion of your heart…and journaling your way through the word will help you do that.)
Then begin writing out what God’s Word was saying in context…what His Word said to you (how the Lord spoke to you in the passages your read), how you can begin to specifically apply it to your life and finally, how what you read in His Word sparked you to pray for some specific things for you, your husband and/or children, someone you know, missionaries or the nations.
And there you have it…how you can journal your way through the Word and draw closer to God throughout the year…one day at a time.
How do you draw closer to God? Do you have a plan to know Him more and to know His Word more this year? Has this helped you?