Have you opened your Bible today?
Maybe you have been consumed with the demands of work, family, or personal errands that you sometimes forget to read the Bible.
If you have been like this, you are not alone.
According to Ponce Foundation, only less than half of the Christian population are reading the Bible. So, if you want to overcome the struggle of consistently meditating on the Word of God, here are some tips to strengthen your Bible-reading experience:
1. Set a schedule
From social media notifications to chit-chats from your family and friends, focusing is really a struggle nowadays.
According to Psychology Today, one of the ways to help you remove these distractions that easily divert your attention is through timeboxing or scheduling a time, solely, for a certain activity.
Schedule your day for all your tasks including your daily Bible-reading plan. By doing this, you can effectively manage your time and not overthink about other things you want to accomplish and check.
Additionally, setting a time means being intentional in seeking the Word of God. So, make reading the Bible an essential part of your daily schedule.
2. Seek the Holy Spirit
Before you start reading your Bible, pray and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Pray for God’s revelation and pray for specific answers you want to hear from God.
Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with wisdom as you read the Bible and learn from the Word that will be revealed to you.
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” (James 1:15 NLT)
Remember that strengthening your Bible-reading habits is not about the number of passages you have read but rather on how you heard God through reading His Word.
As you seek the Holy Spirit, you may ask these questions: What does God’s Word say, and what does that mean to your life?
3. Journal your reflections
After reading the Word and hearing from God, write down your key takeaways. Whether God revealed to you a promise, a warning, or an answer to your prayer, keep that in a journal.
According to Web MD, you are less likely to forget something when you keep track in writing the things that are essential to you.
Writing can help you recall these notes which can eventually be good reminders for you in the future. So, keep meditating on the Word of God and discover a clear direction on living your life.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 ESV)
Do you want to start your Bible-reading journey today?