Spending time in Scripture each and every day has tremendous impact upon our personal spiritual development.
Here are 7 steps to effectively read scripture:
- Choose a translation you easily understand. I read from the New International Version, the New Living Translation, or the English Standard Version of the Bible.
- Choose a definite time for reading. Some begin the day in Scripture, some end the day, while others read during a lunch break. Whatever you choose, schedule twenty minutes or more and guard the time like you would any other important appointment.
- Eliminate distractions. Don’t try to multi-task. You should be alone and able to fully focus upon what God has to say to you through Scripture.
- Journal the experience. Simply answer the questions, “What did God say to me through Scripture?” and “What will I do in response?”
- Little is much when God is in it. We don’t have to read extensively. Commit to read two or three chapters a day. Some days a single paragraph or chapter will be sufficient. The goal is to hear from God.
- Experience all of the Bible. Read two chapters from the Old Testament and one from the New. Read through books of the Bible. Remember, “All Scripture is useful.”
- Take advantage of accountability. Ask a friend to also commit to daily Bible reading and text one another the answers to those two questions mentioned previously.