SOAP & ACTS Devotional Methods
Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105
S.O.A.P. stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer.
- It is a way of getting more out of your time in God’s word.
How does it work?
When you sit for your daily quiet time, read the Bible as you normally would with one simple difference. Underline or make note of any verses that jump out at you with special significance. This is the basis for diving deeper and using S.O.A.P.
Now, take your Prayer Journal and follow these steps:
- Scripture – Write down the verse or verses that stuck out to you in your reading.
- Observation – What did you observe about the scripture that struck you? This can be one sentence or a whole book.
- Application – How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today?
- Prayer – Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life.
A.C.T.S. stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
- This devotional method deepens your focus on communication with our Heavenly Father.
Prayer is an essential part to our relationship with God. It’s a part of how we interact with Him and share our thoughts, concerns, and allow space for Him to work in our lives. In this plan, you will evaluate each scripture read and how they incorporate the aspects of prayer listed below.
- Adoration: Give God praise and honor for who he is as Lord over all.
- Confession: Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life.
- Thanksgiving: Verbalize what you’re grateful for in your life and in the world around you.
- Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and yourself.