Knowing God Through Prayer and Scripture
This message provides a variety of tools to help you begin to “Know God” through prayer and reading Scripture.
Here is the challenge & reference list that is referred to in the message (please excuse the goofy formatting!).
Remember that prayer is not a quick-fix. It is a relationship. And like any relationship, it includes wonderful moments and frustrating moments. Like all relationships, talking to God becomes more meaningful the longer you stick with it.
CHALLENGE 1: (1 week) Spend time each day this week reading Scripture and praying with the YouVersion devotion “Dangerous Prayers” (7 days) here or in the YouVersion App*
CHALLENGE 2: (2 months) Scripture: Luke and Acts in the YouVersion devotion “Luke & Acts” (52 days) here or in the YouVersion Bible App*. Prayer: Choose from one of the prayer resources below.
CHALLENGE 3: (long term) Scripture: Discover the big picture of the Bible in the YouVersion devotion “God’s Story is our Story” (246 days) here or in the YouVersion Bible App*. Prayer: Choose from one of the prayer resources below.
*YouVersion Bible App is found on iPhone and Android phones and tablets. For PC, go to www.bible.com.
- Tori Kelly - Prayer/Worship/Scripture 4-day plan on YV (YouVersion) app or here
- John Eldredge - Prayer/Scripture 12-day plan on YV app or here
- “Prayer” - 21-day Prayer/Scripture plan on YV app or here
- Valley of Vision – click here
- Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore - short, daily prayers
- Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals by Claiborne, Wilson-Hargrove, and Okoro – A modern prayer-book
- Psalms – Ancient prayers of God’s people
- Praise - 8, 19, 23, 29, 33, 65, 66, 95, 98, 113, 114, 135, 136, 150
- Messianic - 2, 16, 24, 45, 72, 110
- Confession - 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143
- Thanks - 8, 19, 29, 33, 65, 67, 68, 81, 103
LEARNING ABOUT PRAYER AND THE SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
- Search “Prayer” on YV app or at Bible.com
- Prayer by Philip Yancey – Great introduction to prayer
- Too Busy Not to Pray by Bill Hybels – basics of how to pray
- Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline - Modern Classic describing how to live out the 12 spiritual disciplines
ABOUT THE BIBLE
- Knowing the Bible 101 by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz - Great overview of the Bible
- God Breathed by Josh McDowell – Explains the Bible’s reliability
- Quest Study Bible – Everyone
- Life Application Study Bible - Everyone
- Archaeological Study Bible – Bible Geek
- Apologetics Study Bible – Bible Geek
GOOD BIBLE TRANSLATIONS
- NLT , Message - Easy to understand. Translates idea for idea.
- NIV, CEB - Balance between ideas and original language.
- ESV - Harder to understand, closer to original language.