WHAT’S THIS BOOK SERIES ABOUT?
This book series is for praying with Scripture. It has been titled 40 Days of Praying the Scripture. It is a way to pray to God using His Word. It is for beginners.
WHY IS PRAYING WITH SCRIPTURE IMPORTANT?
I dare say that most christian families have a Bible in their home, if not more than one. But do we read them?Nope! There are many good reasons why we don’t. I get it though. It is intimidating. And then the questions arise that push us even further away from Scripture. The voice that tells us, Why read the Bible? Just google a verse for the day. I hear the Word on Sundays. No need to read it during the week. That is a huge book. Where are you going to start? Why would you start to read it if you know you are never going to finish it?
Does any of this sound familiar? I have literally heard all those voices in my lifetime, yet on June of this year, I finished praying with Scripture (all books completed in a year – Bucket List checkmark. Yay!). If I can do it, anybody can do it. But this book series isn’t about reading the Bible in a year at all. That is a side-note and a Yay for me! moment that I wanted to share with you.
Do not be intimidated by those voices. So many believers do not spend time reading their bibles, much less praying with the bible. Yet, it is the closest we will ever get to the voice of God. The gentle, loving voice of God is found within Scripture. It is there where you will hear it the clearest. You do not need a theology degree. You do not need to be a Bible wielding christian. You only need to have a heart eager to hear the voice of God and a soul longing to know Him.
HOW CAN THIS SERIES GUIDE ME?
This workbook guides us in a new way of praying with Scripture. Its premised on the SOAP Bible Study method, but takes it up a notch. By doing so, the believer gets to know God in a very intimate way. This way of praying with Scripture helps the believer to see how God is revealing Himself in the Scripture passage chosen. Getting to know who God truly is and not who we believe He is, helps us to build a more intimate and true relationship with God. This process also helps the believer answer the question, what do I observe about myself in relation to the reading?
WHAT MAKES THIS BOOK SERIES UNIQUE?
This journal is beautiful. Although the format for each of the journals in the series is the same. Each journal has its own interior design elements. Some journals have an element that you could color. Others have a black and white image as a watermark in the background. No journal is the same. There are even journals that have a more minimalist design, which simple boxes. Below you can see two examples of the book layouts. Yes, one is in Spanish and the other in English, because this series was written in both languages. But you can also see the details that make each book unique.
IS THIS BOOK SERIES FOR ME?
Fair question. If you are interested in starting a relationship with God through His Word, this journal is definitely for you. If you are already in a relationship with God, but would like to dig deeper, this journal is for you as well. If you would like to restart your relationship with God, and believe me, we have all needed to restart it at least once in our lives, then this journal is for you as well. You see, God knows we need to rekindle the love for His Word. That’s why He instructed the Israelites to read the entire book of the law every seven years. We could all benefit from spending some time getting to know Him.
WHAT BOOK OF THE BIBLE SHOULD I READ FIRST?
Definitely the Gospels are a great starting point. The reason is that these four books in the New Testament narrate Jesus’ life while on earth. They narrate his birth, his miracles, his words. The gospels help us to know who God is through his Son Jesus Christ. Being christians means that being “little Christs”. It’s really difficult to imitate someone that we know nothing about. These journals will guide you for 40 days. Below I am including some of the 40-Day Bible Reading plans that I’ve created to get you started.