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A 40 day campaign to both kick-start or develop daily spiritual disciplines

How would you like to have an explosion of daily devotions in your life? How would you like to experience God’s presence and leading like never before? Then join us in our latest campaign that will motivate and help you to read the scriptures and pray every day for 40 days, starting from January 1st, 2024.

On this page you will discover two slightly different ways of engaging, there are suggested tools to help you, and groups to give you guidance and accountability.

So whether you're looking to get into a spiritual rhythm for the first time, pick back up some godly habits that you’ve let slip, or build on your existing quiet times with the Lord, this campaign is for you.

Read on to find out more, and get yourself ready to start the year with a spiritual bang!

One Campaign. Two options.

In this option you will be following a popular bible-in-a-year plan! Each day you will systematically read a section from the Old Testament, New Testament, the Psalms and the Proverbs. This will take approximately 15 minutes. You can visit the website or download the app of the Daily Audio Bible, which not only, as the title suggests, gives you the option of listening to the scriptures read out to you, as well as having the option to read the scriptures, but it also gives you a fantastic commentary of what you’ve just read'/heard. If you do, however, want to do your own reading plan there are many available on the internet - not least through YouVersion's Bible App.

If you would prefer to spend the campaign around a single, but broad, theme that builds on itself, then following Pastor Ali's book could be a great option for you. You will be taken through a six-week journey through Salvation, sanctification, self, sin, Spirit-led, and servanthood. The book makes use of a diagram each day for visual learners and takes on a different aspect of the weekly theme to help consolidate your learning. This approach will take approximately 10 minutes to read, then there are some questions for you to ponder at the end of each reading. You can pick up a copy of the book from The Hub for £10 whilst stocks last, or you can purchase from Amazon.

Stay Connected. Stay accountable.

This year we are encouraging everyone to join the relevant WhatsApp group for their chosen application.

Groups will be 'admin only' with one or two very short posts a day just to keep you on track and encourage you on your journey. In order to have some degree of accountability, at the end of each week there will be a poll for you to select an option that best describes the progress you have made.

That's all that will happen. Minimal posts. All short. And a super-quick and easy 'report in' once a week.

Simply click the relevant button below to be taken straight to the group of your choosing to engage with the build up and be ready for the 1st of Jan. Again, of course, you can be part of both if you wish.

Bible-In-A-Year

Study Book

Journal it!

We are encouraging everyone to journal their experiences from this campaign. If you're not used to journaling, then you can get one of these 'Transform Journals' that guide systematically guide you through your devotional time each day. Click through the images below to get an idea of how it all works.

Questions and answers

What is a ‘daily devotion'?

A time of the day that you put aside specifically for you to connect with God. Just like you may put a ‘date night’ in the diary with your partner, prioritise to spend time with close friends, or meet around the dinner table as a family, a ‘daily devotion’ is a time you set with God to be with him, speak with him, and allow him to speak to you.

What’s the difference between a ‘quiet time’ and a ‘daily devotional time'?

Nothing really, they both generally mean the same thing.

When is the best time of the day to have my daily devotion?

Whenever suits you best, but we would recommend first thing in the morning, that way you are putting God first and will be more alert to his presence as you go through your whole day. Jesus also modelled this (Mark 1:35, NLT "Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.")

How long should I spend each day?

This is entirely up to you. But if you’re using the ‘Bible in a Year’ reading plan then that will take you approximately 15 minutes to go through. To enhance your devotional time you could spend additional time studying a particular verse that stood out to you, journal your thoughts, meditate on what you've read, or spend time in prayer and worship.

What happens if I miss a day?

Life is busy, we get distracted. The idea is that we use this 40 day period to get us super focussed, but if for whatever reason you miss a day, don’t worry or feel condemned, just pick things up again the next day. God will still be waiting for you whenever you next decide to meet him in this way.

We're all wired differently so will connect with God in different ways. Listed below are some resources you might want to consider using to help get the best out of your devotional time with God.

In any habit forming process the first few days are crucial. Brain scientists tell us that the first week is the most important in developing and maintaining a new habit. It’s during this point, especially around days 4-5 that we’re most likely to quit.

The brain is physically creating matter every time you repeat something, and at different stages it breaks through new stages.

So to help us start well and get through this first stage, we’re encouraging everyone to fast during days 3-5 (Sunday 3rd - Tuesday 5th; the 5th being our monthly prayer meeting - RPM - in the evening). Whether it be fasting all food, choice food, social media or TV, let’s commit this campaign to God through both prayer and fasting.

Additional tools to help you

Spotify Playlists

Over 7 hours of meditational music is available to you on our playlist to help calm your spirit and get you in a reflective mood.

Lectio 365 app

A daily devotional resource that helps you pray the Bible every day. Engage with the word, fix your eyes on Jesus, and connect with God in prayer.