Do you make New Year resolutions? How long do you usually manage to keep them?! If one of your resolutions for 2020 is to read your Bible regularly, or to set aside time for prayer each day, then maybe one of the following apps or sites may help …
New for 2020 is the Read Scripture app from The Bible Project, available for both Android and iPhone.
Using videos and the ESV, the app takes you through the Bible in one year, taking 15-20 minutes each day. This scheme is thematic, so the bigger picture is always in focus (hint: it always points to Jesus!)
More familiar are two sites that offer online Bibles, in multiple translations. Both offer audio readings, but did you know both also offer apps for Android and iPhone and a choice of reading plans?
Bible Gateway and You Version offer similar functionality to each other, and access to a wide range of resources, including daily reading schemes and a search function for when you just can’t quite remember that quote you want to use … ! Try them both and see which you prefer.
An online only option is WordLive from Scripture Union, also available as a daily email. Taking you through the Bible in five years, each day has a number of options, including a thought to prepare you to read God’s word, a reading and comment, the option to go a little deeper, and prayer suggestions for the work of Scripture Union among children. WordLive is found from the tab at the top right of the home page.
Also new for 2020 is Lectio 365 from 24/7 Prayer – based on the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, a way of using the Bible to shape our prayers. Using psalms and daily readings, and available in audio format, it focuses on seasonal rhythms, such as Advent or Lent, and uses times of silence and reflection, with suggestions for prayer.
If what you need is to keep your prayer list organised, then PrayerMate is the app you need. PrayerMate brings all your prayer points together, and it can be as simple or as detailed as you choose. Each day it offers you a selection of your topics, and you simply swipe through them as you pray. On your next visit, it takes up where you left off, so you can pray for as many topics as you choose without ever forgetting a prayer need, making it extremely flexible. PrayerMate also offers you seasonal devotions, daily reading plans and feeds such as The Church of England collect for each day and Operation World.
The first goal of our Mission Action Plan is that we all develop a pattern of regular personal devotions … if you need some help to get or to keep going, why not try one of these suggestions? Use the comments below to let us know what you think, or to ask any questions you may have 🙂