There are various ways kung paano mag-devotion (how to do devotion) but in this blog, we will talk about how to do devotion (paano mag-devotion) using the SOAP method.
Why It’s Important to Do Devotion
Before having purposeful and Christ-centered earthly relationships, the most important relationship we should have is out relationship with Christ! This is so important as we have learned through personal experience.
One of the most important ways to enrich our relationship with the Lord is through reading and meditating on God’s Word! Some call it quiet time, some call it personal time with the Lord, some call it devotion. But, no matter what you call it, all that matters is that you are spending time with God and His Word.
If you’re doing daily quiet time but are using ready-made devotionals, then we want to suggest that you start reading straight from the Bible! Even if you’re a Christian who just started with their relationship with the Lord, you can do devotion this way! And that’s exactly what we’ll do–we will teach you how to do devotion (paano mag-devotion) straight from the Bible and using the SOAP method (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer).
Before You Do Devotion using the SOAP Method
1 – Choose a Bible Reading Plan
We recommend that you choose a Bible Reading Plan to help you choose what to read in the Bible daily.
2 – Pray
Before you dive into God’s Word – make sure to pray. Ask God to open your spiritual understanding, and set your heart and attitude to one of worship and a desire to know God No matter how much you know how to do devotion (paano mag-devotion), it is all pointless if the motive is wrong.
3 – Read the Word
Following your Bible reading plan, jump in and read the Word directly from the Bible. If you have the time, it might be better to give the chapters 2-3 reads to make sure you don’t miss anything.
How Do Devotion using the SOAP Method (Paano Mag-Devotion Using the SOAP Method)
1 – Scripture
Write down the passage/s that “jumped off the page” or had an impact on you. You’d be surprised that sometimes even in just re-writing the Bible verses, God can show you something new.
2 – Observation
From this passage, write down your observations. Be a ‘detective’ and note down observations. What do you see? Who is the audience? Who is writing? What was the situation when it was being written? Are there commands mentioned? Are there reminders? Are there promises to claim? Are there sins to avoid? Are there repeated words?
As you get more experienced studying the Word, you’ll have more items to write here. It will also help if you learn how to use a concordance, or get acquainted with the original languages they were written in (Hebrew, Greek). No pressure! Start where you can.
3 – Application
Given the observations you had, note down how this will be applied in your life. What is God saying to me today? What does this mean for me? What changes do I need to make? What action do you need to take? Is there a promise that I should believe more? Is there a character of God We don’t want God’s Word to just be INFORMATION but to cause TRANSFORMATION.
A WORD OF CAUTION! Make sure not to 'twist' the Bible passage to meet the outcome that you want to get. The Bible should be applied to your situation. Not your situation being applied to the Bible. And, take care not to MISINTERPRET and be off from what the Bible really says!
4 – Prayer
End the devotion time by writing down your response to what you have heard from the Lord through your Bible reading. Thank Him, praise Him, confess your sin, claim His promise. And continue that communication with God verbally (praying out loud).
We hope that this short and quick guide helped you how to do devotion (paano mag-devotion). It will be challenging at first to get used to doing this daily – but this is a necessity to grow in our spiritual life!
Enjoy His Word!
Are you a visual learner? Prefer to watch us explain? Check out this video explaining how to do devotion (paano mag-devotion) in Tagalog / Filipino.