Why the In His Presence Bible Reading Challenge?
Summer is my favorite time of year. I’ve always been a sunshine girl and this year, I’m especially looking forward to hot summer days with some cool water thrown in the mix. After coping with the pandemic for over the last year, I know many in the northern hemisphere are anticipating summer. However, there is one thing about summer that can easily be a negative. Maybe you know what it is?
Summer for me typically has less structure, less routine, more daylight, and hopefully more outdoor fun. But what can lack as a result? Time with God. It’s tempting to rush into the day when you slide out of your typical routine.
Maybe your schedule doesn’t change a bit, but you find yourself forgetting or simply failing to prioritize moments with God before moments with the world.
This month’s Bible reading challenge is designed to slow us down to soak in His presence. Last year around this time, I found myself needing His presence because of the challenge of daily living.
Guess what? Truthfully, this year is no different. Because Friend, we need Jesus more than anything.
What might happen if you took the next 31 days to bask in the presence of Jesus?
In His Presence Bible Reading Challenge
If you are asking questions like:
How do I know when God is speaking to me?
How do I recognize the presence of God ?
then this Bible reading plan is for you!
INTRODUCTION to the challenge
Each month I host a monthly Bible reading plan and journal challenge to help our community enjoy reading God’s Word together and encourage our hearts to be faithful to Him. Together, we have completed over 35 Bible reading plans, including both annual and monthly reading challenges. I’ve developed all sorts of strategies to help us read God’s word faithfully and there is nothing like this monthly system we are working through together.
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The story behind this challenge
If anyone had asked, they would have said it was impossible. Jesus was passing through town and the most unlikely character to want a front-row seat could see only the crowd. The idea that this rich man, a tax collector, wanted to see Jesus seemed ridiculous to most. That particular day the unlikely happened; a wee little man climbed a sycamore tree so he could see God in the flesh. Jesus saw him and invited himself over to have dinner with Zacchaeus, a well-known sinner.
But there are facts to this story that draw me in more than any of the above details. When I recently read Zacchaeus’ story in Luke 19:1-10, I noticed three points. First, Zacchaeus hurried down from the tree when Jesus called him. Then, he received Jesus joyfully. Finally, he changed in the presence of Jesus.
THE CHILDREN’S SONG
The children’s song about Zacchaeus ends this way, “And as the Savior passed that way, he looked up in the tree, and he said, ‘Zacchaeus, you come down. For I’m going to your house today. For I’m going to your house to stay.’”
I never understood that part of the song when I was a kid. I envisioned an eternal sleepover. And that sounded fun! No wonder everyone smiled at the end of the song, right?
You see, after Jesus came to visit, he never really left. Oh, his body walked out the door, but his spirit remained. Zacchaeus was a changed man who opened not only the door of his house, but also the door of his heart.
Oh that I might follow Zacchaeus’ lead as I read through this topical Bible reading plan! I pray that I would rush to get to his feet and spend time with Jesus. I want to joyfully enjoy moments in God’s Word and prayer. And yes, I want to be forever changed through drawing closer to him. This is what happens when we enjoy the gift of his presence!! I can hardly wait!
May 2021 BIBLE READING CHALLENGE
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
- Follow the daily Bible reading plan and read the passage. Share what you are learning on social media if you’d like. My goal is to draw closer to Jesus and I want that for you too! This month the hashtags are: #praisehimanyway #biblereadingplan
- Recommended: Journal your thoughts and prayers using the In His Presence Bible Reading Plan & Journal This simple guide will help you stay focused and accountable. It will also leave a legacy for you to enjoy in the future!
- Optional: Join the Facebook group to see what others are learning and sharing. Enjoy our prayer community in the group as we pray for one another’s needs. Be in the know with bonus material such as practical tips, tools, and resources Rachel shares, Facebook live videos, and recently added focused music playlists based on the monthly Bible reading challenge topic.
In His Presence Bible Reading Printable
In His Presence Bible Reading Plan
1. Luke 19:1-10
2. Deuteronomy 4:1-14
3. Deuteronomy 4:15-21
4. Deuteronomy 4:32-40
5. Psalm 34:15-22
6. Psalm 73:21-28
7. James 4:1-10
8. Isaiah 55:1-13
9. Hebrews 7:11-22
10. Psalm 91:1-8
11. Hebrews 10:16-25
12. Psalm 65:1-8
13. Colossians 3:12-17
14. Joshua 1:1-9
15. 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
16. Psalm 27:7-14
17. Zephaniah 3:14-20
18. Psalm 119:145-152
19. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
20. Psalm 145:14-21
21. Psalm 142:1-7
22. Jeremiah 23:23-29
23. 1 John 2:1-6
24. Philippians 3:8-14
25. Romans 8:5-11
26. 2 Chronicles 30:18-20
27. Psalm 63:1-10
28. Acts 17:22-28
29. Isaiah 30:15-22
30. Exodus 3:1-10
31. John 15:1-8
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Ready? We’ll begin June 1st, just as we do each month!
By his grace,
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