REAP Method: Read, Examine, Apply, Pray

READ

Each day of your reading, pray from the Psalms that the Lord would:

  1. “Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things” (Psalm 119:36-37)
  2. “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18)
  3. “Give me understanding, that I may live” (Psalm 119:144)
  4. “Enlarge my heart, that I will run in the way of your commandments (Psalm 119:32)
  5. “Satisfy me in the morning with your steadfast love” (Psalm 90:14)


EXAMINE

Spend some time marking up your Bible, making note of what seems most important in the text. Reflect by asking yourself these questions and writing down your thoughts:

  1. What is going on in the passage?
  2. Who is writing and who is he writing to?
  3. When was the author writing?
  4. What are the circumstances that the author is addressing?
  5. Does the writer mention anything that might indicate his purpose or intent?
  6. How do you think the author wants his audience to respond?


APPLY

After examining the passage, apply the text to your own life. Always ask these fundamental questions:

  1. What does this tell me about God?
  2. What does this tell me about myself?
  3. How does this point to my need for redemption?
  4. How will I live differently because of what I just read? Is there a command for me to obey, a sin I must repent of, or a blessing to celebrate?


PRAY

Pray through the passage and your application, asking God to make his truth vivid, glorious, and affecting to your heart by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

AN EXAMPLE

READ

1 Kings 8:27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you; how much less this house that I have built!”

EXAMINE

Solomon builds the template and brings the ark of the covenant into the holy of holies, but he realizes that God cannot be contained by a house made with human hands.

APPLY

I will not treat God as if he’s only present in a church building on Sundays. Rather, I will acknowledge that he is everywhere and seek to dwell in his presence wherever I go and wherever I am.

PRAY

“God, forgive me for believing that you are smaller than you really are. Give me faith today, and help me to believe that you are truly everywhere.”