This post makes perfect sense on its own, but make sure you check out part 1 by clicking this link: Why You Need to Read Your Bible in 2017.
I think the general consensus is that you should read your Bible first thing in the morning. I love this advice because you start your day with God, but it’s just not me. I am not a morning person at all and love hitting the snooze button. Sometimes, I set my alarm earlier so that I can hit the snooze at least once. Whenever I look for tips to help me read my Bible every day this is always one that pops up right away.
So, I gave it a try and I did great for about 4 days!
After that, I went back to my normal snooze-lovin’ self and I went several days without reading my Bible at all. Now, I know that some of you are thinking that I need more discipline, but a morning Bible study just doesn’t work for me. So started doing what does work for me, which is to read my Bible in the evenings, after my shower and before bed. I’m more relaxed and reflective in the mornings than the evening so this works well for me.
I found out what works for me, but maybe something else will help you read your Bible every day. I know that many people have made daily Bible reading a goal for 2017 and I want to help you, so here are 6 tips to keep you reading your Bible every day.
Pray About It
Praying and reading your Bible go hand in hand. Whenever it comes to consistently reading my Bible, I pray that God would give me a deep desire to read His word every day. and you know what? He always does.
Join a Group
A little peer pressure goes a long way whenever it comes to keeping you on track and reading your Bible daily. Most Bible study groups will send you home with homework to complete over the week or a Bible verse to reflect on. Spending time studying the Bible with others will encourage you to study the Bible on your own.
Download an App
There are many Bible apps out there that will remind you to read your Bible every day. You can find a list of my favorite Bible Devotional Apps here.
Tell someone that you are struggling to read your Bible every day and let them keep you accountable and encourage you. This should be someone who you are comfortable with but is also responsible enough to check in with you and encourage you daily.
Set Up a Prayer Room
First of all, if you haven’t seen the movie, Prayer Room, go watch it now. It will definitely inspire you to pray every day because it is crazy powerful. Then, find a place in your home that can be your prayer room. It may be a closet like in the movie or a cozy chair in your office. For me, it’s an empty space on the floor by my bed. I don’t why that space works for me but it does! Then, schedule time to visit your prayer room every day.
Start a Prayer Journal
I am actually more of a prayer journal person than I am a prayer room person! In my prayer journal, I label different sections of the journal for different areas of my life. For example: My Walk with God, My Husband, etc. Then, as I read my Bible, I write verses that speak to me under those headings. Later, I come back and pray those verses over that area of my life.
Pray Through Your Bible
Whenever I was in seminary I was taught how to pray through your Bible and I really love this technique. I have written an entire post walking you through how to Pray Through Your Bible here.
I love what Psalm 119:92-94 says: ‘If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts.’ Whenever the Psalmist says that the law was his delight, he is talking about the Bible and he claims that the Bible is both his delight and his saving grace. We have no clue what 2017 will hold, but I hope that in 2018 I will be able to look back and say that God was my delight and that His word guided my life.
What helps you stay on track and reading your Bible every day? Let us know in the comments below.