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Daily Rhythm is designed to help us give part of each day to God through three consecutive steps - Bible reading, meditation and prayer. 

Step 1 - Bible Reading

Each week we'll suggest one chapter or passage from the Bible to read, and we'd like you to read that same section each day. As you read, look for one or more verses that stand out to you. Those are the verses you'll meditate on in the next step.
*If doing this daily feels like  more than you're ready for, decide what you can commit to. 
Like most things, building up to daily devotions takes practice and commitment. 
April 4-10 - Luke 24
April 11-17- Matthew 25:14-46
April 18-24 - Luke 14
April 25 - May 1 -  Matthew 6:19-34

Step 2 - Meditation

To meditate on God’s Word is to concentrate on and think about what you’ve read. This is how God speaks to us through the Bible. There are many ways to meditate on our Bible reading, and we’ll suggest a different method for each day. 
Day 1
Meditation Method 1 - Emphasize Different Words
Day 2
Meditation Method 2 - Rewrite the Text
Day 3
Meditation Method 3 - Think of an Illustration
Day 4
Meditation Method 4 - Apply this Text
Day 5
Meditation Method 5 - Jesus

Meditation Methods

  1. As you read the passage for the week, look for one or more verses that stand out to you.
  2. Focus on that verse/those verses as you chose one of the methods below to explore a bit further. We've suggested a method for each day of the week, but you can also chose different ones if you prefer.

1. Emphasize Different Words 

Anytime we read or speak, the different emphasis we place on things can change their meaning. After reading through your section for the week, pick just one verse to read multiple times, each time you read the verse, emphasize a different word.
Let's use Psalm 28:7 as an example:
  • The LORD is my strength and shield.
  • The Lord is MY strength and my shield.
  • The Lord is my STRENGTH and my shield.
  • The Lord is my strength and my SHIELD.

2. Rewrite the Text 

After you read through your section of the Bible for the week, select a verse or two and rewrite it in your own words. A way to begin this process would be to think about how you would describe this verse to a friend or a child.

3. Think of an Illustration 

Think of a word picture that explains, or clarifies, the verse(s) you've read. Can you simplify it enough to explain it to a child? For example, if you're reading verses about forgiveness, you might use the word picture of being set free from carrying a heavy load that weighs on the person carrying it.

4. Apply this Text

Write down the answer to this question: How is God asking me to respond to this section of the Bible? God is always speaking to us, through the Bible, our community, and the world around us. There is always a way for us to respond, even if the call is just for us to sit and listen to God.

5. Jesus

What does this passage teach you about Jesus? Even verses that don’t mention him specifically point us back to Jesus. It might take a little thinking or investigating.

6. Questions & Answers

When reading the Bible, we often forget that these books and letters were written in a specific time and often with a specific group of people in mind. So as you read the passage for the week, think about:
  • What is the question that is being asked?
  • What is the answer that is being given?
  • What is the solution that is being given?
  • What is the problem that is being solved?

7. Pray Through the Verse(s) 

Not only is Bible a great way for us to learn about God, but it can inspire our prayers. How does this verse impact your prayers? Here are some questions to ask to help you get started:
  • What about this passage makes me thankful?
  • Does this passage reveal any sin in my life? How do I ask for forgiveness and begin to change my ways (repent)?
  • What do I want to ask or request of God for myself or others?

8. Memorize 

Select part or all of the section of the Bible we are reading this week and memorize it. When we memorize parts of the Bible, it sticks in our brains and can pop up when we need it the most. Some people prefer doing this out loud, but it can also be helpful to write the verse(s) as you memorize them. 

9. The Common Thread

Look at the whole passage we are in this week and identify the theme that runs through the whole passage. It might be helpful to read some of the verses around the section we are reading this week.

10. Brain Dump

Select a few verses from the passage we are in this week that you want to explore more and write them in the middle of a piece of paper. As you come up with thoughts about what it means, how it connects with your life, what challenges you, what comforts you, etc. write those on the paper. As you write them, connect the thoughts with lines. Dump and connect all your thoughts on one page.

Step 3 - Prayer

After reading and meditating, it's important to respond with prayer, which simply means talking and listening to God. We’ve suggested some things that we'd love for you to pray for. You can pray through the list, or choose one item for each day. You are also welcome to simply pray in any way that seems right after your Bible reading and meditation.
Today, pray for:
  • Preparation for time with God and Worship
  • Mondays - How to apply yesterday's message
  • Tuesdays - Opportunities to make a difference in your community
  • Wednesdays - Areas where you have fallen short and ask God for forgiveness
  • Thursdays - Thank God for who He is and what He has done
  • Fridays - Unity within the church
  • Saturdays - The leadership and ministries at RVCC