In our church, we usually say This is the Word of the Lord/ Thanks be to God. In a Communion service, it will be: Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew/Mark/Luke/John, followed by Glory to You, O Lord. At the end of the reading , it is This is the Gospel of the Lord, then Praise to You, O Christ.
As we open the Bible today we pray that we would hear your voice. We ask that your Holy Spirit would be at work, opening our ears to hear and our hearts to receive your word. May we be transformed into your likeness. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Ephesians 3:14-21 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Simply use the “chunk it up” method . Rather than setting out to read passage after passage simply for the sake of reading the Bible front to back, try reading it in very small bits and pieces. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and then choose a single verse or two. Read it, then read it again.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength .” “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” “In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth.”
First a passage of scripture is read , then its meaning is reflected upon. This is followed by prayer and contemplation on the Word of God. In some Christian teachings, this form of meditative prayer is understood as leading to an increased knowledge of Christ.
The basic forms of prayer are adoration , contrition , thanksgiving and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S. The Liturgy of the Hours, the seven canonical hours of the Catholic Church prayed at fixed prayer times, is recited daily by clergy, religious and devout believers.
You might say , “Dear God,” “Our Heavenly Father,” “Jehovah,” or any other name you have for God. You can even pray to Jesus, if you like. Acknowledge God’s greatness.
God, thank you for this time. Thank you for your word. Holy Spirit, thank you for leading me into truth. Jesus, thank you for dying for me. Father, teach me how you want me to apply Your word in my life. Thank you for this time God, I’m never going to say amen.
Loving God , I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, lend skill to the hands of my healers, and bless the means used for my cure. Give me such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when I am afraid, I may put my whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Jesus taught, “When you pray , do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men … but when you pray , go into your room, close the door and pray to your father who is unseen.”
Prayer topics include: Confession, Salvation, Release, Submission, Praise, Promise, and Blessing.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— My help comes from the Lord, He will not let your foot slip— indeed, he who watches over Israel. The Lord watches over you— the sun will not harm you by day, The Lord will keep you from all harm— the Lord will watch over your coming and going.
Start with a Book of the Bible such as John Part of the reason I would recommend starting with the book of John, and not a book like Genesis, is that John gives you an overview of the story of salvation: the life, death and resurrection of Christ.
ESV English Standard Version . HSCB Holman Christian Standard Bible. KJV King James Version. NIV New International Version. NKJV New King James Version . NLT New Living Translation .