S for Scripture – Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.
O for Observation – What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this scripture down in your own words, in your journal.
A for Application – Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P for Prayer – This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what He may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.
When you have finished your SOAP note, create a title that will remind you quickly what that note contains and enter it with the date at the top of your note. Leave a few pages at the front of your journal to enter the date, title and passage of each note. This list will help you in finding that note in the future.
EXAMPLE OF A SOAP:
Read Matthew 9:35-38
S – “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
O – This scripture acknowledges God as the owner of the field and the harvest. He has more invested and to gain from the harvest. We are to care as much as we can about the harvest. We need to help the harvest and get others to help with the harvest.
A – I need to pray for help and be a good worker.
P – God, please send out new and more workers. Help me to be a good harvester