Devotionals

Why SOAP It?

It’s one thing to simply read scripture, but when you interact with it, when you learn to slow down to REALLY read it, suddenly words start popping off the page. By SOAPing your verses, you are able to dig deeper into scripture and see more than if you simply read the verses and then went on your merry way. Let me encourage you to take the time to SOAP the daily verses below and see for yourself how much more you get out of your daily reading. You’ll be amazed.

What Does SOAP Mean?

 

S – Scripture

Open your Bible to your reading for the day. Take your time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you’re done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

O – Observation

What do you see in the verses that you’re reading? Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you?

A – Application

Personalize what you have read by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.

P – Prayer

This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture or even a prayer for a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.

Studying God’s Word like this can take as little or as long as you have time to give. Some days it can take just 10 or 15 minutes, other days longer.

Example

 

S: John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”

O: This verse is telling us that God loves the world, which means he loves people and his creation. The verse also communicates that God is generous and gave to us. He gave us his Son to die for us and whoever believes in him will have everlasting life.

A: For me this verse is very personal. When I think about the mistakes I have made in my life, I know I don’t deserve this love that God freely gives. I am overwhelmed that he loves me and has a plan for my life. I also see myself in this verse as someone who is supposed to tell the world about this great love that God has for humanity. It is amazing that we can spend eternity with God.

P: God, thank you for loving me and the world so much that you gave your one and only Son. I pray that my life reflects that sacrifice and that God you use me to spread your love to the world. Amen.

SOAP WEEKLY VERSES

Scripture
Observation
Application
Prayer

Monday – Matthew 22:37-39: Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Tuesday – Galatians 5:13: You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Wednesday – Hebrews 4:16: Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Thursday – Psalms 34:8: Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Friday – Mark 9:23: “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

Saturday – 2 Corinthians 10:5: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Sunday – Romans 8:6: The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.