Welcome to June 2017! Happy New month 🙂

Please take a moment to reflect on the past few months and THANK GOD for the year so far. It’s such an honour to see the sixth month of the year; 2017 seems to be going like a breeze! THANK GOD! If the year hasn’t been great in your opinion, thank God that He helped you survive the ‘worst’ and have faith that it would only get better in Jesus name, amen! Thanksgiving is a decision 🙂

PneumaWord’s hosting her second Bible Reading Challenge of the year: THE BOOK OF PSALMS IN A MONTH, with a focus on PRAYER! Most of the Psalms were written by David, a man whom God described as after His own heart (1 Sam 13:14; Acts 13:22). We’ll be learning how to be individuals after God’s heart through insights gained from reading and meditating on prayers/praying verses from five (5) Psalms a day.

I came across a Bible study method online some time ago called the SOAP method, which I’d encourage we employ for this challenge:

S – Scripture

O – Observation

A – Application

P – Prayer

So, we’ll take a Scripture(s) that talks about prayer/praying from our daily reading (see image below for Scheduled readings), write down our observations, see how we can apply it to our lives and ask for God’s help. I’d encourage you to take out time to do these three times a day (shutting out distractions as mush as possible), as David did:

Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: he shall hear my voice” Psalms 55:17 KJV

You could mull over the same portion of Scripture the whole three times, or you could choose different Scriptures but from the same schedule of daily reading. You’d get much from Bible study if you first still your mind through prayer and worship for some time. This way, your spirit is a lot more sensitive to receive insights on Scripture from the Holy Spirit who inspired their writing (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1 20:21).

You could also set a reminder/alarm on your phone or device three times daily (that wouldn’t interfere with your classes or work) so that when it rings, you along with the Holy Spirit’s help, extract yet more from the Scripture previously read or a new one(s).

Here’s to growing deeper in prayer this month. Please share your observations by commenting below, using the hashtags or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

God bless you 🙂

© Lydia Ndagilaya for PneumaWord

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