To deepen your relationship with God, you need to spend time on it. Here are sone practical resources to help you:
Hope Over Fear
A three week prayer journey of Hope Over Fear. God is with us, even when we don’t feel his presence. He is with us, even when we don’t understand what is happening. This 3 week guide helps us pray, journal and read Scripture daily. It is a great way to grow closer to God during this time of COVID-19.
Hope Over Fear
Trying to get a daily rhythm with God is key. One great resource is Infinitium. It offers you a short quote, prayer or challenge each day and a wonderful daily prayer of surrender, generosity and mission. Download their App or visit www.infinitumlife.com You can tell the app to give you an alert at the time you want to be reminded of that day’s prompt. They also offer resources for weekly conversations with others about your life with Jesus.
Read the Bible with friends, even from home www.fpcslc.org/nites-in
Additional Prayer Ideas While Social Distancing From Home
Daily Bible Reading
Pray as You Go –this wonderful app or website www.pray-as-you-go.org provides a 10-15 minute reflection on a short scripture passage. Highly recommended!
Coffee with God
15 minutes a day The creator of the universe has time for you. Will you take your “meeting with God?” Make time to be with God each day and listen to him. We make time for what we value, so let’s value God. Take 15 minutes in a place that works for you—maybe a comfortable chair with a nice view, maybe in your car before you go into work, maybe at your desk. Just pray that God will speak to you and then listen as you read—slowly, without hurry. The best option for this is to just read your Bible. Pray for God to be with you as you read and for him to open your eyes to what he wants to communicate to you. Don’t worry about how far you get—when something catches your attention, stop. Ponder it. Pray over it. Ask God about how the passage applies in your life today, and ask him to help you see how he is at work today. Don’t feel rushed—the idea is to connect with God, not to read a specified amount. One of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) is a good place to start reading. If you have a particular topic, issue or concern you want to read about, ask me for suggestions. If you do not have a Bible, we are happy to give you one. Also, you can easily get a free Bible on your phone or access them on the web. The Bible App (“YouVersion”) is the most popular Bible app—with many, many versions and audio versions of many translations. Also there are many reading plans available in the app. Those resources are also available at www.youversion.com . Two plans in the Bible App to consider: –The Bible Project—takes you through the Bible and has terrific short explanatory videos every few days. They have their own Reading Scripture App that uses the same plan. –One Year Bible ™ — you can also listen along to this plan on Daily Audio Bible (through their website, app, or podcast). Pastor Steve has listened to the whole Bible with them each of the last 5 years.
Isolation to Invitation
A two-week guide for retreat in a time of quarantine
What Bible should I read?
There are many excellent translations available. The best one is the one you will actually read. Some that we like include (in rough order of ease of reading, from hardest to easiest): NRSV, ESV, NIV, GNT, CEB, NLT and the Message. Feel free to come to your pastors with any questions.
What about a Study Bible?
I think having study helps is invaluable in understanding some of the background and context of the Scripture. BUT– I also think that God will communicate with you through just the Bible text. Don’t mix up God’s inspired Word with someone’s commentary! The focus of Coffee with God is prayer and God’s word, not academic study. You can find lots of free but reliable study aids at www.BibleGateway.com/resources and www.biblia.com If you have questions about specific study Bibles, feel free to ask Pastor Steve or Pastor Chris
Daily Prayer with Scripture
There are many great options, but here are three: Daily Prayer app (by RethinkMe LTD)—beautiful, brief prayers, several options of scripture to read/listen to, options for several times during the day. Email with daily prayer and scripture. Get email devotions morning and evening, five days a week (you can catch up on the weekend!). It has prayers, a chapter from the Bible and a Psalm each time. There is also an abridged version that gives you just a psalm each morning and evening. Offered by Redeemer Presbyterian. Get more information and sign up here: https://www.redeemer.com/r/public_discipleship_devotional Daily Prayer app (by PCUSA)—this is less well designed than the one above and costs $2.99, but is very scriptural and it offers shorter readings each day. Based on our Book of Common Worship.