Spiritual Habits

Personally meet with God on a daily basis.

What are Spiritual Habits?

At Journey Church, we value helping you take your next step in your relationship with Jesus. This guide is a simple tool available every day to help you learn how to read your Bible, write down your thoughts, and spend time praying with Jesus. We firmly believe that if you start meeting with Jesus every day, even if it’s for 15-minutes, Jesus will begin to change your life. It might not be an immediate change, but over the course of a year we guarantee you will not be the same.

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Spiritual Habits Challenge

15 Minutes with God

READ
The Bible

Using the S.O.A.P method, spend about 5 minutes reading, re-reading, and processing through the daily Bible passage.

JOURNAL
Your Thoughts

Using the S.O.A.P. method, spend about 5 minutes writing down any observations and personal next steps you come up with based on the daily Bible reading.

PRAY
To God

Using the P.R.A.Y. method, finish your time with Jesus by spending at least 5 minutes in prayer—out loud, quietly in your heart, and/or by writing it down in your journal.

Current Reading Plan

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September 1Philippians 3

September 2Philippians 4

September 32 Samuel 5

September 42 Samuel 6

September 52 Samuel 7

September 62 Samuel 8

September 72 Samuel 9

September 82 Samuel 10

September 9 2 Samuel 11

September 102 Samuel 12

September 11 — Psalms 73

September 11Psalms 78

September 13James 1

September 14James 2

September 15James 3

September 16James 4

September 17James 5

September 18Nehemiah 1

September 19Nehemiah 2

September 20Nehemiah 3

September 21Nehemiah 4

September 22Nehemiah 5

September 23Nehemiah 6

September 24Nehemiah 7

September 25Nehemiah 8

September 26Nehemiah 9

September 27Nehemiah 10

September 28Nehemiah 11

September 29Nehemiah 12

September 30Nehemiah 13

S.O.A.P.

A method of Bible reading and journaling. S.O.A.P. can be used with any daily Bible reading plan. We provide monthly Bible reading guides for your convenience.
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Scripture

Get to a place where you can focus and read the daily Scripture passage several times. Take time to read and allow God to speak to you. Write down the one or two verses that stick out. Even consider rewriting the verse(s) in your own words.

Observation

Make a basic observation about the scripture you just read. What stood out? Was something repeated? What is the author trying to communicate? What does the Scripture passage teach you about God? What does it teach you about humanity?

Application

Ask, “What does this verse(s) mean for my life?” How might this verse affect your heart — how you feel? How does this verse challenge your thinking? How does it affect your will, asking, “What changes do I need to make in my life as a result of this passage of Scripture?”

Prayer

Write out a prayer to God. Scripture is God speaking to you, take this moment to speak back. Take a moment to say, “Thank you,” or confess to Him what needs to change. Use the P.R.A.Y. acrostic to help guide your prayer time if needed.

P.R.A.Y.

Seeking God in prayer.

Praise

Start by praising God. Praise God by speaking to His character (i.e. His greatness, faithfulness, goodness, etc.) and by sharing with Him the things in your life you are thankful for (i.e. your health, provisions, relationships, etc.). This will get your heart in the right posture as you begin connecting with God in prayer.

Repent

Next, move into a short time of repentance. Repentance is the authentic activity of saying, “I’m sorry” to God and allowing Him to forgive you. It is giving the space for God to reveal any sinful thoughts or actions in your life, admitting that you were in the wrong, and then committing to change for the better.

Ask

We all have things on our minds and heart that we would like to ask God for. Use this time to share with God any specific prayer requests that you have. Write them down for future reference to see how God answered your prayers.

Yield

The final step is to spend some time yielding to God. This simply means to stop and quiet your heart to hear from God. It is trusting your specific prayer requests to God, allowing Him to answer it in His timing and in His way. This is probably the most difficult step in prayer, but it’s worth the effort to make it a habit.