This lockdown time gives us all an opportunity to go deeper with God.
For some, that will be by exploring faith in Jesus for the first time in years or first time ever.
For others, who have been praying and trusting Jesus for years, it will mean going deeper than before.
Here are some ideas to help you go deeper with God:
1. To help you get started with prayer: the Trypraying app or booklet (we can post one to you if you’d like one).
2. To help you pray more richly: the Lectio365 app or read Pete Greig’s “How to pray” or Lyndall Bywater’s “Prayer in the making”
3. Join a prayer triplet – praying regularly with 2-3 other people
4. If you’re in a prayer triplet already and trust has built up: ask each other some deeper questions: What are you really struggling with at the moment? How is your personal prayer life at the moment? What is God challenging you on at the moment?
5. Try fasting – like Jesus did in the wilderness – not as a way to force God’s hand, but as a way to show God how serious we are about our prayers and listening to him.
6. Go deeper in repentance: asking God to show you what he wants to amend in your life and heart. Replace the lies you’ve believed with truths from God’s word.
7. To help you get started with reading the Bible: the YouVersion app and search through the various ‘reading plans’ to find one that appeals to you. We suggest using the ‘New International Version’ or ‘Contemporary English Version’.
8. To help you go deeper with reading the Bible: the ‘Bible in one Year’ app or get one of Phil Moore’s “Straight to the heart” series of books on different books of the Bible.
Silence and Solitude
9. Read the relevant chapters from a book on using silence and solitude as a way to draw close to God eg John Mark Comer “The ruthless elimination of hurry”, Peter Scazzero “Emotionally healthy spirituality” or Richard Foster “Celebration of discipline”
10. Do the exercises those books suggest! Or look at https://johnmarkcomer.com/#how-to-unhurry for some videos and downloadable exercises.
What other suggestions would you add? Comment below!