As Christians, we believe that God is a real person who desires a relationship with us. This is an important truth about God for us to hold onto. Because God desires a relationship with you and me, that means we have the opportunity to hear from God and talk with Him.
Years ago, I started a regular habit of reading my Bible and praying. It’s an opportunity for me to hear from God and for me to tell God what I am thinking, feeling, and hoping for. He speaks through his Word - the Bible. I speak to God through prayer.
Over time this regular practice has been incredibly valuable. I have received personalized help from God as he has spoken to me through the Bible, and I have seen my requests answered as I have talked with him through prayer. As this has taken place, my relationship with God has grown stronger.
What would it look like for you to start a regular habit of reading your Bible and praying? I think a great start is to choose one of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These are four biographies about Jesus’ life.
Below is a two day reading plan in the Book of Mark to help you get started. Each day is a different method for structuring your time while reading the Bible. The first is R.E.A.P. (Read, Examine, Apply, Pray) and the second is P.R.A.Y. (Pray, Read, Analyze, Yield).
After you complete day 1 and 2, choose the method that resonates the most with you. Then, take that method and keep working through the book of Mark one section at a time. Click on the links below to access the worksheet for that day.
Day 1: Mark 1:1-13 R.E.A.P.
Day 2: Mark 1:14-28 P.R.A.Y.
May God bless you and reveal Himself to you as you read His Word.