Today I’ve invited a friend to share a really cool way to study the Bible. I am trying it for myself and I LOVE it! Thank you, Jana, for sharing this with us today. ~ Suzie
Create a Desire in Me for Your Word
with Jana Kennedy-Spicer
I began this year with a new prayer, “Lord, create in me a desire for Your Word. Daily He answers and calls me to Him and to His Word.
Ok, God. I’m here. My Bible is open.
Now it gets personal. Just like it should. Just like a relationship is. I’m revealing myself to God and He is revealing Himself to me through the scriptures. One way that He’s been doing this is through verse mapping. At first glance, verse mapping may bring back unpleasant memories of school and sentence diagraming.
But don’t worry, this is not an English test! It involves really diving soul deep into a scripture. The process of examining closely every little word and phrase reveals such depth of meaning — just for you
Let’s get started
- Read the first verse from this week’s reading (Ephesians 1:15-23).
- Write out your verse. (Leave plenty of space around it, between the lines and between the words.)
- Personalize it: replace words like “you”, “we”, “us”, “them” with your name.
- Mark, circle, underline, highlight words and phrases that stand out to you. Are there any words that make you want to dig deeper? Look up and define any words that need clarification.
- Read the verse in context: Read the preceding and following verses or whole chapter. See how it ties in to the verses before and after it.
- Read the verse in other translations: Note which words or phrases help you understand or apply the verse.
- Cross-reference the verse: Find, list and read other verses which speak about the same topic.
How does verse mapping make scripture come alive?
This is what it did for me. As I read through the scripture selection for yesterday, Ephesians 1:15-23, my heart gravitated to verses 18 and 19.
Paul was praying we would know something and I wanted to know what he was talking about. So I focused on answering the “What is ___?” questions.
- What is. . . the hope of his calling?
It’s salvation — eternal life in heaven.
- What is . . .the riches of glory?
It’s inexhaustible grace
- What is . . .His inheritance in the saints?
It’s enjoyment of eternal communion with God
- What is . . .the surpassing greatness of his power?
It’s stronger than any other power and it’s my power source. One other phrase stands bold to me “that you would know”. I get the feeling Paul didn’t just want the church at Ephesus – or me, or you – to just know the right answers, he was praying that they – and we – would know these things, that we would experience the hope, experience the riches, experience the inheritance and experience this great power because it was real to us!
What I gained personally
Reading these verses again and taking in all that Paul is praying for, I discovered a wonderful gem – a beautiful scripture to pray over my children and grand-children.
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. . . Ephesians 1:18-19 (NLT)
Now it’s your turn.
If you have questions, let’s talk about them as you begin to verse map. Remember, we are doing this together!
My friend, Jana Kennedy-Spicer, is a wife, mom and Nana who is passionate about inspiring and encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ. She’s a woman rescued and repaired by the grace of God, and she loves to share about the realness of God’s love, redemption and faithfulness.
She designs beautiful artwork and printables and one of them hangs on my office wall. I treasure it!