Many reading plans use the acrostic S.O.A.P. as a way to get the most out of your daily devotional times. Use these steps to take your reading to the next level:
- Scripture: Take your time reading each chapter and allow God to speak to you. Look for a verse that particularly spoke to you and write it in your journal.
- 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.
- Application: Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
- 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 and journal about it.