5 Habits - Word #1

Welcome to Everyday Devotions! These daily Bible readings and Prayer pathways are designed to help you go deeper with God each day in response to what you are hearing at the Everyday Church services and Life Group gatherings.

Monday 6th January

At this week’s service at Everyday Church, we saw that the Word of God is like a seed that grows powerfully within us. If we neglect the Word of God, then we struggle to grow spiritually. If we devote ourselves to the Word of God, then we flourish. Have a read of Psalm 1, and then take some time to reflect on the questions below.

Bible Meditation

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
1) When King David wrote this Psalm, most of the Bible had not yet been written. For him, the main Scriptures were ‘the Law of the Lord’ – the first five books of the Old Testament. What do you think it means when he encourages us to “delight” in the Scriptures? What would it look like for you to “delight” in the Bible today?

2) King David encourages us to “meditate” on the Scriptures. The Hebrew word can also mean to “mutter” or to “keep on repeating”. What do you think it would look like for you to “meditate” on the Scriptures “day and night” today?

3) Spend some time repeating verse 3 out loud, meditating on its promise to you today. God promises you that, if you let him plant the seed of his Word deep into your heart, then he will make you fruitful and prosperous today.

Prayer Pathway

Prayer for today:
Lord God, thank you so much for the power of your Word. Thank you for this psalm and for the promise that you make to me today. Make me fruitful and prosperous in all that I do today, as I let you plant the seed of your Word deep into my heart. Amen.

Pray in verse 1: Commit to God that you will live differently today to the nonbelievers around you. Try to think of the specific ways in which you will need to take a different course to them today. Pray for God to help you to take it courageously.

Pray in verse 2: Spend time praising God for giving you his Word to read every day. Tell him how much you delight in it and commit to believing God’s Word even when it sets you at odds with the culture all around you.

Pray in verse 3: Ask the Lord to make you very fruitful today – in your work, in your friendships and in your attempts to talk to people about the good news of his Son Jesus. Be specific about how you want him to help you flourish today. He has given you these words in Scripture to encourage you to make some big and bold requests of him today!
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