We are surrounded by women. Beautiful women with a strong desire to grow in their relationship with Christ. One of the most common questions we get asked is “How do we study God’s word?”. Donna and I would both answer this question differently if you want to know the “details” of our study time: what time of day we study, the version of the Bible we use, and the tools that we frequent to help us learn. However, we would both agree that studying starts with preparing our hearts through prayer and then simply opening our Bibles to see what God speaks through His inspired word.
But that did not answer the question. We know that you want detailed plans and instructions. We get it! So do we! We are always and exploring new ideas on how to study our bibles. For months now, I have wanted to create a list of scriptures by topic. Sure, I could go to google and ask: “Google, what are some scriptures for prayer”? Google is pretty smart and well organized. However, I’ve come to learn that when I dig for things myself, I come up with much more than when I rely on the lists that Google produces. Thus the birth of our next way to suggest studying the word….Topical Scripture Reading Plans!
Each week in the month of April we have a topic and we will offer a scripture a day, Monday thru Friday, about the chosen topic.
This week we are beginning with prayer. (New things need prayer)
We will progress and explore hope, forgiveness, and praise.
After offering the scripture list for the week we will study the scripture in context and expand. Often we will do this from our home on facebook (click the link at the top of this page to find us!) and always in our own journals and Bibles. Another thing that Donna and I agree on is that Bible Study is fun and enlightening together! In fact, already on day 1, Donna has shown me a different way of looking at our chosen scripture (grabbing my journal now 😊).
We hope you will join us! Here’s week one’s reading list on prayer:
Jodie’s first thoughts on Ephesians 6:18:
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18 NIV
AND: It’s a little word with big impact. In this case it makes me want to read the preceding verses to see what I missed. Linger longer in the word today by reading verses 11-17. Make note of the what comes before the “and”.
In the Spirit: What do these words speak to your heart?
On all occasions: When do we pray? When should we pray?
Take time to break apart the verse piece by piece. See where the journey takes your heart and mind. Here is a list of cross-references for today’s verse: Mark 13:33; Luke 18:1; Acts 1:14; Romans 8:26; Phil. 4:6; Col. 1:3-4; Col. 4:2; 1 Thes. 5:17; 1 Tim. 2:1; Jude 1:20
Donna’s beautiful look at Ephesians 6:18:
Ephesians 6:18 contains 6 characteristics of a believer’s prayer life. Spend some time looking into these verses to see what God wants us to learn today! 1. Frequency of prayer (always) Romans 12:12 2. Variety of prayer (all prayer and supplication) Phil 4:6 3. Prayer in alignment with the will of God (Spirit) Rom 8:26,27 4. The manner of prayer (watchful) Matt 26:41, Mark 13:33 5. Persistence of prayer (perseverance) Luke 11:9, Luke 18:7,8 6. Prayer for all ( all the Saints) 1 Sam 12:23
How do we study the bible?
At the end of the week we hope to have a topical scripture list on prayer growing and ready for additions! In fact, we would love for you to leave your favorite verses on prayer in the comments! Together, we can be women who stay in the word.