Need something new to jump start your devotions? trying using either the S.O.A.P. method or try doing a lectio divina. These are helpful ways to study your Bible.
[Silencio]: take 60 seconds (or more) in silent preparation for sacred reading
[Lectio]: listen to the scripture text by reading out loud slowly and repeat up to 3x if desired
[Meditatio]: reflect on what word, words, phrase, or sentence speaks to you from the text, then write them down.
[Oratio]: Pray as responding to the words, phrase, sentence that God has stirred within you.
[Contemplatio]: rest in the presence of God, allowing the words revealed to take root and listen for, “([your name], I am your __________)
S for Scripture: Read the Scripture for the day and highlight, underline or place a markin the margin of your Bible, next to the scriptures that stand out. When you are done, reread the verses you marked, look for one that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O for Observation: What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
A for Application: Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P for Prayer: This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.