REVIVE 2021 is a church-wide prayer focus centered around 3 circles in our lives. Join with us as we seek to deepen our personal spiritual growth, our prayer for and relationships with our neighbors, and our dedicated prayer towards specific ministry areas right here at FBS.
S.O.A.P. journaling is a simple way to both record and process what God has spoken to you. It is also a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on some of the “gems” that you read in Scripture. Without having written them down, we often tend to forget the blessings and important lessons given us. While journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may also want to share some of your daily devotions with others in the future, so having a written record can serve as a great tool. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others!
Our desire is that every believer would not only attend church, but also hear from God daily through His word. As we read the Bible, we begin to understand God with greater clarity. Doing daily devotions can re-pattern the way we think, transform our mind, and help us become more like Jesus.
How Do I SOAP?
Monday through Saturday you have an assigned reading in the Bible. Most days it is a chapter from a book of the Bible. You will want to have your Bible, a journal, and a pen. (Note: some prefer to use their laptop or phone to digitally journal their SOAP)
Read your assigned passage. But take your time. This is not a race. It is a time to focus on God and how you might respond.
Now you can start to SOAP. Use the acronym to help you journal your thoughts:
S– The S stands for Scripture- you physically write out the verse from that chapter that speaks to your heart. You’ll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and actually write out what you are reading!
O– The O stands for Observation- what do you see in the verses that you’re reading? Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you? What are you observing?
A– The A stands for Application- this is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?
P– And finally, P stands for Prayer. If God has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your life. Pray a prayer of commitment. Just respond to God through prayer.
Studying God’s Word like this can take as little or as long as you have time to give. Some days it can take just 10 or 15 minutes; other days it might be longer. The most important ingredients in the S.O.A.P. method is your interaction with God’s Word and your APPLICATION of His Word for your life.
Alone or With A Group?
You can do this on your own, but it is so much better to do this with others! We have groups that meet together to discuss the Scripture and keep each other accountable to getting the reading done. Just like an exercise partner can help push you to do better, we have groups that help you stick with the reading. All love and encouragement. No condemnation. If you’d like to join a group, send Eric and email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Blesseveryhome is a new resource that will allow you to pray for your neighbors by name each day. This is an opportunity for what might normally be a wave and a friendly “hello” to develop into something with eternal value as we prioritize those who live around us in prayer.
For the month of January, we are praying for the Woodlands Preschool.
January Focus: Woodlands Preschool
1. Pray for each child
-For physical, spiritual, and emotional protection as they grow.
-For a heart that is receptive and excited to know who God is and His great love for them.
-That each child would feel safe, secure and loved every time that they come to the Woodlands.
2. Pray for parents and other caregivers
-That parents and caregivers would have a burden to keep God at the center of their lives, marriages and homes.
-That parents and caregivers would be intentional and creative in applying God’s Word to the life of their child and communicating its Absolute Truth.
3. Pray for teachers and influencers
-That the Lord would strengthen their calling to teach little ones and that they would seek the Lord for His creativity in making the great stories and truths of
God’s Word real and exciting.
-That they would have a genuine love and compassion for the little ones.
4. Pray for their World and protection
-For a hedge of protection to surround them from any and all attacks of the enemy.
-That they grow and begin to influence their world.
-That they would be certain:
-God made them
-God loves them
-Jesus wants to be their friend forever.
5. Pray for the ministry of the Woodlands
-That the Lord would guide creative, effective, fun and purposeful programs and ministries to little ones and their parents.
-That we would be a stronger partner to parents as they raise their little ones to know and love Jesus.
-And ultimately, that the Lord would powerfully use this ministry to plant seeds of faith so that one day, each child would come to know Jesus as their