You’ve reached the end of the Trip Journal, but your relationship with Jesus goes on. It can be challenging to find time with Jesus regularly. Plus, reading Scripture without a guide can be difficult. Hopefully the following methods can encourage you to keep up your devotional practices with tools you can use again and again. The following are three different methods of thinking through a passage of Scripture. These aren’t the only options, but they’ll get you started.
Great for any passage of Scripture.
Carefully read the passage, then reference the passage again as you answer these questions.
Great for Psalms, Proverbs, any passage full of Jesus’ words and most books after Acts in the New Testament.
Great for any stories with multiple characters; also works for Psalms when taking the perspective of the writer.
To begin, read through the passage once.
Choose a character in this passage. Read the story from that character’s perspective.
Now be yourself again:
If you’re uncertain where to begin, read the stories of Jesus and the early Church in Luke and Acts. You might also check out other accounts of Jesus in Matthew, Mark and John and, for variety, read some Psalms or Proverbs. After that you might go back to the very beginning in Genesis and Exodus.
Another important part of your relationship with God is prayer. When you pray, think “ACTS” to remember the four types of prayer. As you talk to God, make room for each of these types of prayer.
Adoration – Expressing worship and praise for who God is.
“God, you are strong, powerful, full of grace and incredible!”
Confession – Seeking forgiveness for sin that separates us from God.
“God, here’s how I messed up, and I need your grace and forgiveness.”
Thanksgiving – Giving gratitude for what God has done.
“Thank you for what you’ve done in the world and in my life.”
Supplication – Asking God for what you need and for what others need.
“God please help me in this area, and please help others in these areas.”