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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. 

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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 the same section every day that week. Yes, that means you will read the same chapter seven times* in one week. 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 every day 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. 
July 27 - Aug 2 - 1 Thessalonians 3
August 3-9 - Psalm 119:33-64 
August 10-16 - 1 Thessalonians 4 
August 17-23Thessalonians 5 
August 24-30 - Psalm 119: 73-96 

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 of the week.
Meditation Method 13 - Ask the Joseph Hall Questions of the Text
Meditation Method 10 - Memorize the Text
Meditation Method 6 - Ask How the Text Points to the Law or Gospel
Meditation Method 15 - Find a Link Between the Verses
Meditation Method 14 - Look for Multiple Insights
Meditation Method 2 - Re-write the Text in Your Own Words
Meditation Method 8 - Ask What Problem is Solved

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 in the Text

Read the verse(s) you've chosen multiple times, emphasizing a different word each time. As you do, consider what you can learn from each unique expression of the verse(s). 
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 in Your Own Words

After choosing the verse(s) you want to focus on, rewrite theme in your own words. How would you describe these verses to a friend, or a child? Rewriting, or paraphrasing the passage, helps to make sure you understand the meaning of what you've read.

3. Answer the Question - What Does It Teach?

Think of this as summarizing the main message of the verses you've read and what you can learn from them. The more memorably you can state the take-away, the better.

4. Think of an Illustration - What Word Picture Explains It?

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. 

5. Look for Applications of the Text

Ask yourself, 'How am I to respond to this text? What does God want me to do as a result of what I've read?

6. Ask How the Text Points to the Law or the Gospel

Look for how the text you are considering points to the Law, the gospel, or both.
  • The Law (found through much of the Old Testament) consists of what our holy and just God requires of people for them to have the righteousness (or right-ness) necessary to live with Him in Heaven.
  • The Gospel (found throughout the New Testament) is the good news of how our loving and merciful God has provided the righteousness He requires in His Law through Jesus.

7. Ask How the Text Points to Jesus

Think about how the text might point to who Jesus is or what He did. This can be more challenging with passages from the Old Testament, but even from Genesis, the very first book of the Bible, Scripture points to Jesus.

8. Ask, "What Question Is Answered?" or "What Problem Is Solved by the Text?"

As you read the verse(s) you've chosen, think of them as the answer to a question or the solution to a problem, and then ask, 'What is the question?' or 'What is the problem?' 

9. Pray Through the Verse(s) 

Praying the Word means reading (or reciting) Scripture in a spirit of prayer and letting the meaning of the verses inspire our thoughts and become our prayer. It might be helpful to ask the following questions:
1. What about a passage gives me reason to rejoice, to give thanks and praise?
2. Is there something about this passage that reveals sin in my own life that should lead me to repentance?
3. Does the passage lead me to make a request of God for myself or others?

10. Memorize the Text

Reading and/or repeating the verse(s) you've chosen in order to memorize them, automatically makes you think more about them. Some people prefer doing this out loud, but it can also be helpful to write the verse(s) as you memorize them. 

11. Create an Artistic Expression of the Text

Find an artistic way to express your response to the verse(s) you've chosen. You could chose to paint or draw, if you enjoy that. Maybe you'd prefer to sing the verse(s) back to God, to write a short poem, or take a picture of something that comes to mind when you read the passage. This is about your creative response to the passage, so do something you enjoy.

12. Ask the Philippians 4:8 Questions of the Text

  • What is true about this, or what truth does it exemplify?
  • What is honorable about this?
  • What is just or right about this?
  • What is pure about this, or how does it exemplify purity?
  • What is lovely about this?
  • What is commendable about this?
  • What is excellent about this (that is, excels others of this kind)?
  • What is praiseworthy about this?

13. Ask the Joseph Hall Questions of the Text

  1. What is it (define and/or describe) you are meditating on?
  2. What are its divisions or parts?
  3. What causes it?
  4. What does it cause; that is, what are its fruits and effects?
  5. What is its place, location, or use?
  6. What are its qualities and attachments?
  7. What is contrary, contradictory, or different to it?
  8. What compares to it?
  9. What are its titles or names?
  10. What are the testimonies or examples of Scripture about it?

14. Look for Multiple Insights from the Text

Sometimes we take the simplest insights from the verse(s) we are reading and then we move on. This time, don't stop with the simple or obvious. Ask God to show you more in the passage you've chosen, and then spend time with the text until you discover multiple new insights from it.

15. Find a Link or Common Thread Between the Verses You Read

Look at the whole passage you are reading this week and identify the theme or story that runs through all of them. For this, it might be helpful to look at at a few verses before and/or after your chosen verses.

16. Ask How the Text Speaks to a Current Issue or Question

After you have completed your Bible reading, go back to what you've read and search for something that addresses or might apply to a current situation in your life.

17. Use Meditation Mapping

Identify an idea from the verse(s) you read today that you want to explore more. Write it in the center of a sheet of paper. As you continue to think about that idea and what it means, write those thoughts elsewhere on the paper, drawing lines to connect those thoughts to the first idea. Keep filling up your sheet, and drawing connections for as long as you can think of things to add. 

Step 3 - Prayer

After reading and meditating, it's important to respond with prayer, which simply means talking and listening to God. We’ll suggest a prayer focus for each day of the week, though we’d encourage you to pray in any way that seems right after your Bible reading and meditation.
Today, pray for:
  • Sundays - 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