With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, more time than ever is being spent online as families are forced to stay inside. As many have experienced, not all encounters online are positive. Negativity, judgement, anger, and depression run rampant in many areas. We have a hope unlike any other and we not only want to share that hope, but let God’s word be a light in the darkness. Below is a 15-day Bible reading plan created by president Ryan Wolfe. At the end, you may also download this in printable PDF format. We have also made available the graphics we shared on our social media accounts. We encourage you to use any and all of these to help share God’s word.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
Question: God wants us to give us hope. God also wants us to extend hope to others. Who can you extend hope to today? What can you do?
Prayer: God, I don’t need to see all of my future, but help me see your plan for me today.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” – Psalm 34:8
Question: How have you experienced the goodness of God during this time of uncertainty? Keep track of God’s blessings by making a list. Add to it daily as a reminder of God’s goodness.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for blessing us and taking care of us today.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17
Question: Do you have a friend that needs to hear an encouraging word? Send a text or pick up the phone today and remind them that you care and that God loves them.
Prayer: God help me to be a good friend to others, especially others in need.
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” – Isaiah 40:29
Question: Do you feel weary or know someone who is? It is to become discouraged when you feel isolated. God promises to give us strength for each day. Ask Him for it. He is faithful in keeping His promises.
Prayer: God, give me strength for today.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31
Thought: It is easy to feel like things are snowballing out of control in the world. Sometimes it is best to just turn off the news and remember that God is victorious over ALL.
Prayer: Sometimes it feels like the world is against us. God, thank you for always being there for us.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
Question: What would it look like to be “overflowing with hope”? How would it affect others around you if you were “overflowing with hope”? Think of ways today to show the hope that you have in God.
Prayer: God help me to trust in you and to find joy, peace, and hope. God help me to share this with others today.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
Thought: In this time of social distancing, it is easy to feel discouraged because you are separated from friends and loved ones. Remember today that there is no such thing as social distancing from the love of God. Nothing can separate you from the love that God has for you.
Prayer: God remind me of your love today.
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23
Question: Do you feel like this time of isolation is consuming you? Don’t lose hope. God promises to meet your needs every day.
Prayer: God, thank you for your faithfulness. Help me to not lose hope in your great faithfulness. God thank you for meeting my needs every day.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Thought: Remember that all things pass. Even this trying time will one day be behind us. Focus on God rather than temporary trials that you are facing. Make sure that you encourage others as God encourages you.
Prayer: God help me to focus on you. Help me not to give in to my fears and troubles. Help me to trust you always, especially during this difficult time.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13
Question: God calls you to be strong and courageous. How can you be strong today? Is there someone you need to be courageous for today? Remember it is your faith in God that gives you the ability to be strong.
Prayer: God help me to be strong. Help me to trust in you today.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21
Question: How have you seen God at work during this time of isolation? Give God glory for working in and through you for your good and for the good of those that you love.
Prayer: God, I give you glory today for being far greater than I could ever imagine. Thank you for living in and through me.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
Question: Did you know that you were chosen by God? Did you know He sees you as His special possession? God delights in you. Embrace the fact that God has chosen you today.
Prayer: God thank you for choosing me to be your special possession. Help me to live in the light today instead of the darkness that you have called me out of.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1-2-4
Question: Does this time of social distancing and isolation feel like a trial? Does it feel like your faith is being tested? Remember that God has a purpose for everything. Ask that God helps you to persevere through this temporary trial.
Prayer: God, I don’t like this temporary trial that I am stuck in. Help me to persevere. Help me to see your hand in this. Help me to become more like you through this time of trial.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
Question: God is always with you! He will never leave you! How does that encourage you today? Do you have a friend that needs to hear those encouraging words today? Text them or call them and let them know that God is always with them and that you are there for them too.
Prayer: God help me to be strong today. Help me to always remember that you are there with me.
“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” – Psalm 23:1
Question: Do you know that as long as God is with you, you lack nothing? Sometimes it is hard to remember that during a long time of isolation, but take a deep breath today and remember that God is still there taking care of you. Stop an thank Him for the many ways he has taken care of you over this long time.
Prayer: God, help me to remember that all I need is you. Thank you for caring for me and watching over me.
Jason joins the Ability Ministry team and brings over 20 years of graphic design and marketing experience to the table. He has handled projects from local start-up businesses to publicly owned internationally based companies, including a Shark Tank company. Jason currently reside in Louisville with his wife, two daughters, and dog Pepper. In his spare time, he is a Master’s competitor in USA Weightlifting. His family attends Southeast Christian Church.