Following Jesus every DAY
following jesus every day
We don’t seek his power, we seek his presence. His power and everything else we need is always found in his presence.
A question we often ask ourselves is, what’s God’s plan for my life? The answer is to plan each day of your life for God. With so many distractions around us, planning each day of our lives to worship God and to follow his ways can be hard. “Following Jesus Every DAY” aims to make your day better by helping you to seek God’s presence.
The resource outlines three spiritual practices that are designed to be used at the start, throughout, and at the end of the day. The three practices start with letters that spell the word ‘DAY’:
Devote yourself to God at the start of the day
Ask God for his presence and provisions throughout the day
Yield to God at the end of the day
These practices are designed to help you plan each day of your life. They are achievable, fruitful and can easily integrate into everyday life, irrespective of how busy you are. Hopefully, these practices will become habits that will transform you and strengthen your relationship with Jesus.
Start by devoting yourself and your day to God.
Throughout the centuries, Christians have met with Jesus through the Bible. The scriptures are a way to regularly hear from God. They are a timeless record of what he has spoken, which is made alive and applied freshly to our lives through the Holy Spirit. Time spent in daily Bible reading is hugely beneficial. A key part of getting the most out of Bible reading is planning in advance what you are going to read.
There are lots of great reading plans out there – we’ve recommended some at the bottom of the page. You could also work slowly through a gospel or the Psalms.
When seeking to hear God through the Bible, you might find it helpful to read the passage more than once or to read it out loud. Pay attention to the words and phrases that stand out to you.
Pause and rest in God’s presence. Ask God ‘what are you saying to me today?’ Listen for his voice and devote your day to him.
You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands. Psalm 16:5
Continue your day by asking God for his presence and provisions.
Ask for insight, for wisdom, for patience, for God to have his way, for anything you need to be able to walk close to him all the time wherever you may be.
I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me. Psalm 16:8
The Lord’s Prayer invites us to ask things of God, from our ‘daily bread’ (everyday needs) to the ‘coming Kingdom’ (our current and future hope). Asking of God brings us back to a place of acknowledging that all good things come from him.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; all the good things I have come from you.” Psalm 16:2
Keep it simple
Talk to God as you go about your day, chatting to Him like you would if your best friend was in the room.
Keep it honest
Just tell God what you’re thinking, without censoring it.
Keep it going
If you’re busy or upset, that’s when you may find it most helpful to chat with God. Don’t stop!
Finish your day by yielding to God.
To yield to God is to submit and surrender yourself to him.
Before you go to sleep, reflect on the day and seek the presence of God.
Say thank you
Look at the day through the lens of gratitude and say thank you to God.
So my heart and soul will be very happy Even my body will live in safety, because you will not leave me. Psalm 16:9
Say sorry and be sorry
Think of something you need to ask forgiveness from God for and someone you need to forgive. Pray and give to God your situation.
When we ask for forgiveness, we acknowledge that he alone is God and his ways are best.
When we forgive others, we recall all that Jesus has done for us at the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.
I praise the Lord because he taught me well. Even at night he put his instructions deep inside my mind. Psalm 16:7
You will teach me the right way to live.
Just being with you will bring complete happiness.
Here are some helpful resources for reading the Bible If you’re just getting started we recommend scrolling down to the 5X5X5 reading plan, or to dig deeper have a look at some of the other resources. If you would find having access to the bible on your phone or tablet useful, The Bible App is free and really helpful!
The Examin video from Dan Wilt and Belfast Vineyard is a good resourse for finishing the day in prayer and reflection. Another helpful resource is pray-as-you-go.org
Big thanks goes to our friends at Birmingham Vineyard for inspiring us and letting us copy stuff.
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