S.O.A.P – The Scripture

Bible Reading Plan - St Peter Lutheran Church

Silence and Centering

Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him; – Psa 37:7

Confession:

Look upon us, O Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls vanish before the beams of Your brightness. Fill us with holy love, and open to us the treasures of Your wisdom. All our desire is known to You, so therefore perfect what You have begun, and what Your Spirit has moved us to ask in prayer. We seek Your face, turn Your face unto us and show us Your glory. Then shall our longing be satisfied; then shall our peace be perfect. In Christ’s Holy name, Amen.

PAUSE FOR 5 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Passage to SOAP: Mark 10:17-27

HOW TO DO THE SOAP DEVO

S FOR SCRIPTURE – Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. As you read, you’re going to notice that a certain verse(s) stands out to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your Bible next to that scripture(s). When you are done reading the entire passage, reread the verses you marked, and choose one that particularly spoke to you that day. Write it in your journal.

O FOR OBSERVATION – What do you think God is saying to you in this verse? Ask God to teach you and reveal Himself to you as you read. Paraphrase this scripture in your own words and write it down in your journal.

A FOR APPLICATION – Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write down how this Scripture can apply to you today.

P FOR PRAYER – Bring your devotional time to a close with prayer. This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say!

That’s it! S.O.A.P. It’s as simple or deep as you want it to be. A great way to continue growing in your walk with God is by taking what you learn in your devotion time and sharing it with others.

Group Scripture Reading: Mark 10:17-27

1st Reading: What is one word or phrase the Holy Spirit impresses on you? Meditate on that.

2nd Reading: Enter into the Scripture passage. What do you feel? What specific situation in your life today relates?

3rd Reading: What is God’s personal invitation for you from the Scripture?  How will you apply the scriptures to your life?

4th reading: Pray the scripture

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