Some Basic Info
Spending time reading scripture and praying is a must for Christians who want to grow in their faith.
To get started with meditating on scripture, you will need to:
- Set aside a specific time to read the Bible and pray. Consider waking up early, stopping somewhere on your way home from work, or using your lunch break.
- Limit Distractions. You may need to leave your phone in another room or put in ear plugs.
- Use a Bible translation that you can understand. Not all Bible translations are created equal. If you have a hard time understanding your Bible, consider using an NIV or NLT translation of the Bible. They are both easily understandable translations of scripture.
However you choose to do your quiet time, it should include these 5 aspects.
Reading Scripture - We encounter God in the Bible. That means we must include scripture reading in our time spent with the Lord. Not sure where to start reading. Consider using this reading plan.
Adoration - Spend some time praising God for who he is and what he has done.
Confession - Search your heart for where you have been falling short of God's glorious ideal. Confess your sin, ask for forgiveness, and celebrate the fact that God forgives us.
Thanksgiving - Spend time thanking God for the blessing you have received.
Supplication - Create a list of needs for yourself and others and pray to God about them.
A Helpful Template
Step 1: Read the Passage
Read the passage several times slowly. The goal is to gain a basic understanding of what the passage says.
- Keep the passage short, 1 chapter at the most.
- Read the passage two or three times slowly.
- Try to think about what it would be like to be there. Put yourself in the situation.
- Underline or place parenthesis around things that stand out.
- Consider trying to paraphrase each paragraph into your own words.
(The next few steps should all be done with each sentence in your passage. Read a sentence, then go through each step with that sentence)
Step 2: Praise God
Sentence by sentence, find a reason in what the passage says to praise or thank God.
If you have a hard time with this, consider asking these questions as you read each sentence. Allow the answers to guide your praise and thanksgiving.
- What does it tell me about God?
- What does it tell me about myself?
- Are there any sins that I need to confess?
- Are there any commandments to obey?
- Are there any examples to follow or not follow?
Step 3: Confess To God
With each sentence, find something to confess to God that the passage has made clear to you.
- Is there a sin that this sentence has made you aware of?
- Do you see a way you are not living out your faith the way you want to?
- Does something about what you praised God for bring to mind something you need to confess?
Step 4: Put Your Requests Before God.
With each sentence, pray to God, relating the topic of the sentence to you just read to your own needs and the needs of others.
- What has your praise and confession inspired you to ask God for?
- What has your praise and confession inspired you to ask God regarding other people?
Step 5: Apply
After doing this through the whole passage, pick one way you will try to apply what you meditated on that day.