I have been spending some time the last 6 weeks or so thinking about how we study the Bible and how we inspire others to study and grow in their faith. There are many ways to grow, many ways to engage the Bible and our God.
What I find most important is the need to help others along the path. For most of us we call this “discipleship” or “making disciples”. A disciple is a learner who spends time soaking up what their teacher is giving out. Jesus and his followers were some of the greatest.
Who are you pouring your life in to? Who are you helping to become a disciple of Jesus? Who are you helping to grow in their faith? It is part of what God has called us to do.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
When we want to make disciples, we have to have a grasp on the Bible and the truth God gives. Below is an article that guides you through spending a short amount of time with God. Getting to know God is a huge push to helping others get to know God.
Read on and stay in the process of making disciples!
By The Navigators - Oct 1, 2012
Most Christians will tell you that they firmly believe in the importance of spending regular time in God’s Word and in prayer each day. Yet, so many of us struggle to do this consistently. Perhaps that’s because we think this time with God has to be a monumental, mystical experience. In fact, you can begin developing this spiritual discipline in as little as seven minutes a day.
Longtime Navigator Bob Foster developed a simple outline, called Seven Minutes with God, to help deepen your daily relationship with the Father.
“This is simply a guide,” Bob emphasized. “Very soon you will discover that it is impossible to spend only seven minutes with the Lord. An amazing thing happens—seven minutes become 20, and it’s not long before you’re spending 30 precious minutes with Him.”
Do It for the Right Reason
Bob also offered additional words of wisdom: “Do not become devoted to the habit, but to the Savior. Do it not because other [people] are doing it—not as a spiritless duty every morning, not merely as an end in itself, but because God has granted the priceless privilege of fellowship with Himself.”
Want a deeper walk with God? Give Him just seven minutes and see what happens!
½ Minute: Preparing Your Heart
Invest the first 30 seconds preparing your heart. You might pray, “Lord, cleanse my heart so You can speak to me through the Scriptures. Make my mind alert, my soul active, and my heart responsive. Surround me with Your presence during this time.”
4 Minutes: Listening to God (Scripture Reading)
Take the next four minutes to read the Bible. Your greatest need is to hear a word from God. Allow the Word to strike fire in your heart. Meet the Author!
2½ Minutes: Talking to God (Prayer)
After God has spoken through His Book, then speak to Him in prayer. One method is to incorporate four areas of prayer that you can remember with the word ACTS.
Adoration. This is the purest kind of prayer because it’s all for God. Tell the Lord that you love Him. Reflect on His greatness.
Confession. Having seen Him, you now want to be sure every sin is cleansed and forsaken. “Confession” comes from a root word meaning “to agree together with.” When we apply this to prayer, it means we agree with God’s estimation of what we’ve done.
Thanksgiving. Think of several specific things to thank Him for: your family, your business, your church—even thank Him for hardships.
Supplication. This means to “ask for, earnestly and humbly.” Ask for others, then ask for yourself. Include people around the world, missionaries, friends, and those who have yet to hear about Jesus.