It can be hard to know where to start in daily devotions or quiet times, so here are a few tools to get started with.
We love the Bible at St Mary's and it lies at the heart of all we do, however it is not always the easiest book to read and it helps to have a guide or plan when starting. The Bible is not really a book to be read from cover to cover, it is a collection of 66 individual texts telling a story which runs for millennia. Here are some of our favourite Bible reading resources.
YouVersion bible app
This app really is a 'must have'. YouVersion is the world's most popular Bible app.
Not only does YouVersion provide a variety of translations in over a thousand languages but also offers audio versions of the Bible, the ability to highlight and make notes, and over 800 different Bible reading plans! More than enough to get started.
30 DAYS - NICKY GUMBEL
New to the Bible? In this 30 day Bible study Nicky Gumbel works through 30 passages which have impacted him.
Each day includes a reading and an explanation of the passage with practical comments to help relate the Bible to your own life. This book is ideal for those taking the Alpha Course or those exploring the Bible for the first time.
Bible in one year app
The Bible In One Year app covers the entire Bible in twelve months. Each day includes readings from the Old and New Testaments as well as a reflection on a topic or theme from the text.
This is a great way to really dig deep into God's word whilst reading it in manageable chunks.
Prayer plays a central role in the life of any Christian. Below are some prayer resources to help you draw closer to God. People pray in all kinds of ways, from running to meditating, however it is always useful to have some resources on hand with which to get started.
Prayer - Philip Yancey
In this excellent book Philip Yancey asks the question - "What is it, and does it make any difference?" The book is laced with amazing true stories of God at work in people's lives and Yancey's characteristically insightful reflections.
If you are new to the idea of praying or seeking to understand its purpose further then this would be a great place to begin.
THY KINGDOM COME
Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement pioneered by the Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu. The vision is to see the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities through the power of prayer.
The website is full of exciting ideas for how churches, individuals and families can draw closer to God in prayer.
The 24-7 Prayer movement has pioneered a creative approach to prayer. The 24-7 Prayer website is absolutely packed with ways to engage with prayer yourself.
Additionally the books "Red Moon Rising", "God on Mute", and "Dirty Glory" by founder Pete Greig are excellent ways into taking prayer further.