Writen By: Reverend Sonja Andrews
I’m saved what’s next? What’s the big deal? I don’t feel different. I hear people talk about their relationship with God but there are no rules to follow? How does that happen? Where’s the instructions? Read the Bible? It’s so big it will take forever to finish. There are so many heithers and people begotting each other. Help! This is already too much God! Where do I start?
First of all think of your spiritual life as a journey! You won’t learn everything in a day so don’t try. Here are some helpful hints to get you started.
Consider reading a Proverb a day. Proverbs is considered a book of wisdom. There are 31 Proverbs. You can read the Proverb based on the day of the week. If today is the 3rd, read Proverb 3. If today is the 25th read Proverb 25. That can be what you read to start your day. There are 66 books in the Bible. Start by reading the shortest book like Jude. Read the shortest gospel Mark. Genesis has more twists and turns than a soap opera read that book. Don’t try to read the whole Bible in a day read a few chapters unless you can’t put the Bible down, which is not a bad thing.
Pray! Talking to God is as easy as talking to your best friend. Don’t try to imitate anyone else just be yourself. Try the acronym ACTS.
A Adoration - Tell God what you feel about him.
C Confess - Tell God sorry for what you did that was wrong. Also tell God sorry for the things he wanted you to do but you refused.
T Thanksgiving - Tell God thank you for all He has done. Each day think of a few things He did for you during the day and say thank you. Finally,
S Supplication - Ask God for what you need. This could be the time you pray for others.
Consider having a prayer journal. If there are specific things you need God to do, write them in the journal and date them. That way you can remember the friend who asks you to pray for her sister or the coworker that has been sick. Every so often you can thumb through your prayer journal and watch how the things you thought could never happen have now become answered prayers.
Finally, take a few minutes and be still and wait to hear what God has to say to you in that quiet time. Prayer is more than just saying God I need this. Pray is a conversation. God wants to talk to you. It may seem like He is not saying anything at first but keep listening. The sound may not be audible but you will hear God speaking to you.
If you take fifteen minutes per day combining the reading prayer and quiet moments, you will find that your time with God will be so exciting you will make more and more time each day.