Soap Prayer Care Share
The S.O.A.P Method
The S.O.A.P Bible study method is one of the best ways to find and apply the truth of God’s Word. You may study different passages of Scripture, but the method stays the same. Make sure you have a Bible and journal or something in which to record your thoughts.
S is for Scripture
Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. Highlight, underline or place a mark in the margin of your bible next to the scriptures that stand out. When you are done, reread the verses you marked, look for one that particularly spoke to you that day, and
write it in your journal.
O is for Observation and Interpretation
Write down five observations from the passage(s). Ask the questions, “What’s the main point?” and “Why did God put this in the Bible?” To help ensure that you’re interpreting Scripture correctly, use the introductory material in your study Bible to learn about the author’s purpose and context. Use the center column references to see other places similar words or exhortations are used in the Bible—this is allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture.
A is for Asking and Waiting on the Holy Spirit to Give you Wisdom
The most natural thing to do after making Scriptural observations is to immediately write down what you think the application is. Don’t. The purpose of your reading and observing is to fill your mind with Scripture so that the Holy Spirit can then give you wisdom to apply it. This is perhaps the hardest discipline to develop but also the most
powerful since it's how God will reveal his will to you.
Here's a simple prayer to initiate your listening time:
Lord God, I come to you in the name of Jesus, asking for wisdom according to your promise in James 1:5.
Based on the promises of Matthew 28:18 and Luke 10:18-20, I command Satan and his fallen angels to be rendered deaf, dumb and blind to this time and to be removed from my presence.
According to 2 Corinthians 10:5, I subject my own thoughts to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Holy Spirit, I ask for your wisdom regarding the truth I've just studied.
Write down the thoughts that come to mind and determine to obey. If you're unsure, test what you've heard against scripture or consult another follower of Christ.
P is for Prayer of Obedience
Give what the Holy Spirit has said, how will you obey? Write down your commitment. Sometimes this will be a specific action or a person that you're to love. Other times it may be a commitment to a new belief or understanding that the Holy Spirit has given you. Whichever it is, write down your commitment or how you will obey. God always blesses obedience.
Prayer Care Share
Prayer Care Share
This simple process is the quickest way to engage what God is doing. It’s amazing what will happen if you make this your lifestyle. We’ve never found a more natural and effective way to touch people for Jesus than this…and the great thing is that you don’t have to be some extreme extrovert to do it. Prayer Care Share is effective regardless of who you are or where you live.
Start by yielding your whole life, every day to God. A big commitment, right? This is what Jesus requires in Luke 9:23. In every situation pray, “God, what are you doing here and how do you want me to join you?” At the same time, begin praying for people with whom you interact. Think through the places you go each week. Who do you see and talk with? Begin to pray for them. If you don’t have anything specific, just start praying for God’s blessing to be upon them. But don’t be afraid to ask the person if you can pray about something for them— everyone appreciates being prayed for. As you pray consistently, you’re opening up the door for the Holy Spirit to work through you. In effect you’re saying, “God I give you permission to use me.” God loves that! When you get a specific direction regarding something God wants you to do, obey immediately.
Be intentional about looking for ways to care for the needs of others, especially the ones for whom you’re praying specifically. As you pray, you’ll find yourself more attentive to the needs of this person. Look for simple, ordinary ways in which you can help the other person. How can you care for one of their needs? Maybe you’ll notice their empty trashcans left out—pick’em up! Maybe they’ll relate that their spouse or other loved one is sick—bake a casserole! Maybe you’ll see them out in the yard or pulling into their driveway—go say “hello”! By caring for them, you communicate in the most genuine of ways that they’re important to you and also that you’re a person they can trust. You may also have the opportunity to offer to pray for them right then. (No one will say no to this offer.)
As you pray for people and care for them, they inevitably reveal a need, concern, or fear that they have. This will happen 100% of the time. The simple reason is because we all have problems and concerns to which Jesus is the answer. When someone shares a concern with you, this is your chance to share the hope you have in Jesus. Simply tell them what you’ve experienced in your relationship with Christ. Talk about the peace or security you have through him. Remember, you’re job isn’t to rescue the other person—that’s God’s job. Your job is to let them know that Jesus loves them and wants to bless with peace, joy, and freedom from guilt.
Be prepared to share the difference that Jesus has made in your life. Share the promise of love and hope that God offers to everyone through Jesus.