How to Begin Reading the Bible, Meditation and Prayer

I have a question for you. Do you see reading the Bible, meditation and prayer as three separate things? If so, are you struggling to consistently do one or two of these on a regular basis, much less all three of them? How do you begin reading the Bible, meditation and prayer without overload?

Most Christians struggle with Bible reading and prayer and pretty much miss out on the meditation. What if you could do all three of them without adding more of a burden to your daily schedule?

Yes, that’s a lot of questions to think about, but I hope I have your interest. If you’ve listened to any of the episodes on the First Fifteen podcast, you might already have an idea of what I’m talking about. If not, and you’re a audio learner or someone who likes to listen on the go, head over there and download/listen to season 1’s first episode.

But maybe you’re a visual person. I have something for you too. Check out the new video on Youtube that demonstrates a process you can follow (it’s also less than 15 minutes). (the direct link)


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Making Prayer Easier When Life is a Struggle (Psalm 143)

Life is a struggle sometimes.  Prayer can be a struggle.  It doesn’t have to be.  When prayer seems hard I turn to the Psalms.  I’ve done that for nearly 30 years since I was a young single man living far from home in a foreign land and the Psalms have led me closer to God.  Through centuries and millenia God’s people have used the Psalms to express their cries to him.  I shared the following psalm (143) last Sunday with my family a day after my oldest son left home and landed on the other side of the world and now I’m sharing it with you.

1 Yahweh hear my prayer. Give ear to my requests.  In your faithfulness and your righteousness answer me!

2 Do not enter into judgment of your servant, for no one living can be upright before you.

3 For the enemy pursues me and crushes me to the ground.  He  makes me dwell in darkness like those who are long dead.

4 So my spirit is overwhelmed inside me and my heart is desolate within. 


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