"as you received Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk in him, ROOTED… in him" (Colossians 2v6-7)
Many people have found that taking a few moments every day to reflect and ponder and chew over a few verses of scripture before turning those thoughts into prayer has been vital to their faith.
Marc Baker, Vicar of Kea, Truro, led a helpful church family morning in February 2018 equipping us to meditate or 'brood' on scripture: turning it over and over like a multifaceted diamond, and allowing it, like a depth charge, to sink deep into our hearts so that the Holy Spirit is able to explode his powerful word into our hearts. Here are Marc's notes:
Here are some useful resources to help you reflect on the Bible:
- Open up the Bible has some realistic & helpful encouragement (articles and video) to get into the Bible daily. It also offers free download sample of Explore which is also available as an Android app and as an iPhone app.
- JC Ryle’s Expository thoughts on the Gospels are a brilliant place to start with daily Bible reading. They’re available as a Kindle book or iBook for free download or online, as well as arranged as dated daily readings.
- 10ofthose are producing some undated readings which seem really good, available in print or as download for Kindle/iBook. Try John or 1 Thessalonians for starters.
- Alec Motyer has produced 2 devotionals - one on Isaiah and the other on Psalms. They are superb! (although the footnotes are very frustrating because they’re not always aligned on the right page)
- Jon Bloom has written some thoughtful series of meditations - Not by sight, Things not seen, Don’t follow your heart - The pdfs are available for free download - or the books from amazon
And if, after pondering God’s word for a few minutes, your prayers then seem a little stale, then some of these resources for prayer may help:
- Scotty Smith has a great daily prayer blog at The Gospel Coalition, turning God’s word to us back to him. Some of these have been published as “Everyday prayers" and he has recently published a companion volume "Every season prayers"
- Rachel Jones at The Good Book Co. has produced 3 excellent and really helpful books: "5 things to pray for people you love", "5 things to pray for your world" and "5 things to pray for your church." These are available in print and as ebooks.
- Andrew Case has produced a very useful couple of volumes with passages of scripture turned into prayer. This is a great help in learning to 'pray in' the Bible. Water of the Word is prayers for a husband for his wife and Prayers of an Excellent Wife, the other way around. But actually they can be turned to pray for anyone we know, even ourselves.
- The Valley of Vision is a superb and rich collection of puritan prayers which is available as a daily online devotional too.
- PrayerMate - Written by our first Ministry Trainee, Andy Geers, this app (available for both iOS and Android) helps you to actually pray for all the people you say you’ll pray for by organising all of your prayer points together in one place. Prayer is an amazing privilege, but it’s also really hard work (the apostle Paul compares it to a wrestling match!) PrayerMate is a Christian prayer app that seeks to help you actually pray for all the people and causes you care about. Whether its your personal prayer points for friends and family, regular updates from some fantastic mission organisations, or the latest PDF prayer letter that just arrived in your inbox, PrayerMate puts it all together in one place and helps you get on and pray.