A New Year🎄 Is Upon Us
Today marks the second day of a new year. 2018 with all its successes and frustrations is past gone. And there’s no looking back. Only to learn from its lessons, but nothing more. A new year and its possibilities is upon us and we’re up for a ride.
Thinking about the year ahead, I started wondering about what I wanted for 2019.
And spiritually, I want to grow more.
2018 was “OK” spiritually talking. I memorized a couple of verses(that in this moment I can’t remember…maybe one). Suffice it to say 2018 was more more “meh” than “yay!”.
But I want more “yay!”. I read about the lives of Paul, David and Elijah, just to name a few and I long to have such a deep faith and trust in God.
So I want to grow more.
I want to deepen my knowledge of God. I want to have a vibrant faith. I want to revitalize my prayer life.
I must confess my prayer life is dry. It has been bothering me for a while. The vibrancy of our prayer life shows the vitality of our faith, so if this is so, then my faith looks more like a flat line.
What I Decided To Do
So I decided to concentrate on two things:
- Memorize the 100 Bible verses from the book “100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know”.
2. Follow the four practical changes Tim Keller made that revitalized his prayer life:
- Take several months to go through the Psalms
- Put in time of meditation as a transitional discipline between my Bible reading and my time of prayer.
- Pray morning and evening rather than only in the morning.
- Pray with more expectation.
These will the core and emphasis for my plan, but additionally, I plan to do some others things although on a more low-key level, more like an add-on:
3. Read a Systematic Theology book in its entirety(yes, they are usually 500+ pages, so I’ve been dreading to do this.) My options are:
- Louis Berkhof’s “Systematic Theology”
- Michael Horton’s “The Christian Faith”
- John Calvin’s “Institutes of the Christian Religion”
- Francis Turretin’s “Institutes of Elenctic Theology”
4. Read more theology books. I decided to start the year with the following:
- “Prayer” by Tim Keller
- “Knowing God” by J.I. Packer
- “The Holiness of God” by R.C. Sproul
- “The Bondage of the Will” by Martin Luther
Reasons Why I Decided To Do This
My outcome is to grow spiritually and by memorizing Bible verses I would fill my mind with the Word, and I can’t see anything else that would nourish my faith more.
And by going through the greatest book on prayer, namely the Psalms, and understanding that Christ is at its core, and going through the ups and down of those who wrote them, I believe my soul and faith will greatly benefit.
By putting in time to meditate on what I read before praying, I’m leaving space to really take in what the Holy Spirit is trying to teach me.
By praying morning and evening rather than only in the morning I will have more time with the Lord, dedicate more time for worship, and reap the infinite benefits of prayer.
By praying with more expectation I will exercise the muscle of faith by relying on His promises.
I am excited about this experiment and I am definitively looking forward to know more about God and to develop, strengthen, and revitalize my prayer life!