We use a lot of tools in this life to keep us on track – a personal trainer at the gym, an app to remind and measure water intake on our phones, an alarm to wake us in the morning and another app that measures our steps throughout the day on our wrist.
These reminders keep us at the top of our worldly game, but what's reminding us to do the things that enrich our hope in heaven? Daily Bible study, prayer time, praying for others... these are all exercises that bring us closer to God, but often get put aside until Sundays.
But a prayer planner can help you change that.
The Hope Planner (both the daily and weekly editions) is the kind of prayer planner that gives you gentle reminders everyday to talk to God. It's not just a Christian planner with Bible verses. With it's unique design, it helps you remember these key practices that will help you enrich your walk with God...
Making Daily Quiet Time a Priority
Setting aside daily time to quiet your mind from distractions and to-do lists is the first place to start when building a relationship with God. This is where you take hold of your schedule and decide to make a priority to focusing on your spiritual health. Your Hope Planner is almost like your quiet time companion in that it reminds you everyday to do this.
Beginning a Daily Bible Study Habit
The next step in enriching your relationship with God is reading God's word... but not second hand from a devotional. I always recommend you go straight to the source. Why daily though? Because there's a lot to learn and doing something regularly, like practicing sports or the piano, will mature your knowledge, actions and understanding of God's word.
Intentionally Praying for Others
This might be the most selfless thing we can do with our day and I have found it to be the most powerful result to come out of making daily quiet time a priority in my schedule. As you dedicate daily time to read your Bible, your knowledge of God's story and belief becomes affirmed and your doubt challenged. As your faith grows, you start to begin to understand why and how prayer works in your life and the lives of others. You'll find yourself come to a place of true concern for others and be filled with a desire to pledge for them in your prayers. It's a beautiful thing.
Your walk with God will be a complicated, winding route, but like every good relationship that you invest time, allow yourself to be vulnerable and give it all of your heart... it will bloom into something amazing, with or without a prayer planner to help you along the way.