- R – Read the passage twice. After the first reading, pause and reflect, then read again more slowly.
- E – Evaluate. What is new to me from this reading? What did I learn about God? About myself? About the world or other people? Any commands to obey, principles to follow, or promises to enjoy?
- A – Apply. Take 3 minutes in silent prayer. Envision yourself meeting with God over coffee. Ask God to show you how this Scripture can or should make a difference in your life. Ask if there is something specific you are supposed to do in response to what you have read.
- L – Live into what God has revealed to you through this passage.
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