Over the last couple of months, I and a tribe of people passionate to go the extra mile have read devotionally through the book of Daniel. Each day, we prayed that God would give us practical wisdom that we could apply at work. The book actually has two parts one; part one which we focused on is Daniel’s biography and part two comprises descriptions of prophetic visions that this incredibly successful public official had during the course of his career.
For those of you who’ve walked this journey with me, I trust that you’ve not only been blessed in the process but that you’ve learnt how to daily read and apply God’s word for yourself. That’s a vital practice for you if you are serious about ‘playing to win’ in life.
So, what to read/study next? Not sure! I’m thinking starting next Monday of reading through the book of Ephesians, James or Romans. I try to vary the diet by following a foray in the Old Testament with one from the new. If you’re pretty new at this, you might prefer to start with Mark, one of the gospels that talks about the life of Jesus.
As usual, the plan is find a quiet slot in your day, at least 20-30 minutes. Early mornings work really well for me. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom for your day as you read. Then as you read the section (can read a chapter a day or even less – perhaps you can read what feels like a natural section and then stop there) listen to what God may be saying to you.
Note if the section you read challenges you to change something in your life, confess a sin to God, follow the example of a certain person or obey a command God is giving. Write down whatever you sense God may be saying in a journal. And finally end with prayer, committing yourself to obey whatever God has said that day and also praying for any specific assignments you have that day in whatever area of your life.
Some people like to use devotional guides to give them a thought to reflect on every day. I prefer to get my daily brief neat; directly from the bottle! The bible is not just another inspirational book. It’s our daily bread – without it, we starve our ability to thrive at work and in our relationships. Here are some verses that talk about the benefits of regularly studying it…
Brings prosperity: Joshua 1:8 ‘Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth. Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful’
Defends us: Ephesians 6:17 ‘… the sword of the Spirit… is the word of God’
Helps us obey: Hebrews 4:12 ‘God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word’ (The Message)
Builds our faith: Romans 10:17 ‘Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ’
Prepares us for our purpose: 2 Timothy 3:15 ‘Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us’ (The Message)
So, please comment and let me know what you’re planning to reading/study next. And also how I can pray for you as you do so.
Have a great weekend. Peace.