“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

6.11 Essential First “30-Days” Activities

“He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” – Psalm 23:3

As a new born-again Christian, it is vitally important to now begin to develop a daily routine as you walk as a Christian. You can build on this starting point as you see fit, but this is what I’d recommend as the very minimum that you do each day. Once again, I’m just listing what worked for me, in an attempt to help you get started. For the first 30-days, every single day, without fail:

Morning:

  • Get down on your knees and thank God for giving you the gift of today, for the gift of Jesus on the cross and forgiveness of your sins. You can add other things you feel you want also. As new sins come up or are revealed, you should confess them before God.
  • The important thing isn’t really what you pray about or how exactly you pray at this time, it’s the act of doing it; by doing this you are learning to humble yourself before God and being thankful above all.
  • As you pray in the morning, watch your heart; God may reveal things to you that you need to confess, work on, or realize about your own heart
  • Read 1-2 chapters from your study bible reading plan. If you cannot do this in the morning (which is strongly recommended), then try to do it during the day. I’ve found if you put it off in the morning, you will find reasons (excuses!) to put it off the rest of the day also, and pretty soon the day is over and you didn’t read a single word of Scripture (remember, it is this Word which feeds your spirit, see Matthew 4:4).
  • If you like, a daily devotional can serve as inspiration also. Just beware, that some devotionals are designed to appeal to your emotions (and your wallet) as opposed to adhering to sound doctrine and biblical truth. They may also contain false teachings.

During the Day:

  • Pray and talk to God as often as you can remember to do so. Don’t worry about formalities, technique, body position (sitting, standing, kneeling, whatever), words, language, semantics, topics, etc.…just talk to God as if He were right with you as your Heavenly Father. Remember, you don’t need to (and can’t) “hide things” from God – for He knows all. Be 100% candid and open with God; He really loves it when you are like that with Him.
  • If you find that you are not remembering to do this, make some simple reminders to help you.

Evening:

  • Get down on your knees and thank God for giving you the gift of that day, for the gift of Jesus on the cross and forgiveness of your sins. You can add other things you feel you want also.
  • The important thing isn’t really what you pray about, it’s the act of doing it; and learning to do it and humbling yourself before God and in being thankful above all.

Before All Meals:

  • Thank God for His provisions. Remember: “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.” – Psalm 24:1

What to Pray:

If you are unsure what to pray each morning and evening (or at any time), I offer this as a suggestion. This same prayer could be used every morning and evening for 30 days if you want. Over time, you will adapt it, and it will then change each time you pray. But this gives you something to start with as a suggestion:

“Father in heaven, hallowed by Thy great name. Thank You for the gift of today, and for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ on the cross. Thank You for the forgiveness of my sins. Father, please forgive me for {_____insert anything you want to confess here that comes to you today}. Father, help me to walk worthy of You and to seek and do Your will today. Father grant me Your wisdom and keep me safe from selfish, worldly and fleshly pursuits. Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Father, Your will be done. Thank You so much. Amen”

Related Scripture:

Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my groaning.
Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray.
In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
– Psalm 5:1-3

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
– Psalm 1:1-2

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. – Philippians 1:6

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14

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