Daily Bible Reading and Prayer Time

We have started a new year and that is always a great time to remind ourselves that we should be in God's Word daily.

 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 

To meditate on it day and night we need to be in it every day. There are many ways to do that. I find that following a Bible reading plan helps to keep me consistent. There are several out there.

Ligonier Minstries has several to choose from.
The Navigators has one I really enjoy.
Bible Gateway has even more.

Most of these plans have you read through the Bible in a year. While it is good to try to get the entire Bible read in a year you also want to focus on depth. So while this is great for your quiet time/devotional reading you will also want to be studying it more in depth. Sometimes the reading will reveal things to you that you want to explore more fully. Make sure you take the time to do that while still going on with your reading. Hopefully you are also involved in a church where your Sunday School or small group has some deeper study material as well.

Prayer is also an important part of our daily walk with the Lord.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

A prayer journal is a great way to keep track of your prayers. It gives you a way to commune differently, keep track of answered prayers, and assure that you are consistent. You can make your own journal or buy one. I like this one because it encompasses both the daily prayer and reading using the Navigators format. It also has several extra helps for prayer focus for each day and month.

Whatever you choose to use or don't use, be sure to be in the Word and pray every day. If you love Jesus you will want to spend time with Him. Remember that we talk to Him through prayer and He talks to use through His word. As the year 2017 gets under way let us be dedicated to spending time alone with Jesus.