Draw Closer to God
Oct 31, 2019
Seeing the “Deeper Intimacy With God Through Prayer” Bible Reading Plan I wrote go live on the YouVersion Bible app is an exciting expansion of our ministry with Navigators Church Ministries! Check it out—and even join the some 4,000 people from around the world who've already begun the plan. You'll find it here.
What Is the YouVersion Bible App?
If you've downloaded some apps on your smart phone, it’s likely you already have the YouVersion Bible app. You can find it in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It’s also available on the Apple Watch, Amazon Alexa, among other places.
“YouVersion was founded by Bobby Gruenewald and Life.Church in 2008,” according to Wikipedia. “In April 2014, YouVersion released version 5 of the Bible App, which added features for community engagement and scripture discussion. . . .
“By November 2018, the YouVersion Bible App had been installed on over 345 million unique devices all over the world, offering 1,797 Bible versions in 1,247 languages. At the end of 2018, it was revealed that during that year on the app, 27.2 billion chapters of the Bible were read, 950 million Bible plan days had been completed, and 409 million Bible verses had been shared.”
What Are YouVersion Bible Plans?
Simply put, Bible plans on the YouVersion app give a small portion of Scripture to read each day along with devotional thoughts that can help readers study, understand, meditate on, and apply biblical truth to their life.
Of course, getting into God's Word is central to who we are as Navigators!
“Bible Plans are available in the YouVersion Bible App and on Bible.com,” adds the YouVersion website.
What Is “Deeper Intimacy With God” All About?
Here’s how I describe it on the plan itself:
Do you long to move closer to God through Christ Jesus, ever toward the abiding Jesus spoke of in John 15? Prayer is the pathway! God is there, He cares, and He listens and responds to our prayers. This 12-day Bible reading and prayer plan will help you grow in intimacy with God, with incremental, inspirational steps to gently move you from “seeking the Lord” to “abiding with Him.”
In fact, in writing the Bible Reading Plan, I built upon content from The Pray! Prayer Journal (NavPress), which has sold some 50,000 copies since its publication in 2003.
(By the way, at the time of this writing, the prayer journal is on sale for half price: $8. It makes a great Christmas gift or resource to help you in your own devotional life in the new year! Check it out here.)
This is the first of what I hope are many Bible Reading Plans I want to write for the YouVersion Bible App. I'll let you know about new ones, as they're available. Let me know if you have additional ideas for reading plans that I might pursue!
And if you download and pray through "Deeper Intimacy With God Through Prayer," please let me know how God has used (or is using) it in your life!
Dean Ridings is field staff with Navigators Church Ministries. If you wish to contact Dean, you may do so here.