So, what is this SOAP?
It is a simple way to read through the Lord’s word, pray and reflect on just what He might be telling you in that passage.
All you need for your study/ journaling time is a Bible, notebook, pen and about 20 minutes, depending on the length of your passage.
Here’s what to do:
Read the passage and find the one thing you believe God is telling you through that passage. Then journal about it using the acrostic SOAP as a guide.
S: Scripture-Write the ONE scripture that you feel God is using to speak to you in today’s reading
O: Observation- What might He be tellingyou with that scripture?
A: Application-How can you apply it to you life?
P: Prayer-Ask God to help you in making the application.
When you are finished, look back over the entry and come up with a short title and write it on the top of the page. Then go back to the front of your journal and log the title. This way, you can easily look back and find the messages God has sent you.
As you try this out, feel free to get as detailed as you like, but simple answers are perfectly acceptable. This journal is only between you and God and whomever else you may want to share it with, no need to try to impress. Just write from your heart. And try your best to really listen to Him. Clear your mind and listen. Then write.
You could apply this approach to any study or reading format to go one step deeper and really listen to what God might have to say to you through your reading. And by logging your entries, it will be easy to look back later and see what you have learned.
From Mom's Toolbox.com/What is SOAP (with some modification)