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How To Read The Bible Everyday

Many people will be making a New Year's resolution to read the Bible more. Yet, many people will get frustrate and quit in a few weeks or in the middle of Leviticus (whatever comes first). Part of the problem is that most people don't have a good approach to reading scripture. They approach Bible reading like a novel, newspaper, or dictionary. Each of these readings will bless you with some benefit, but fail to approach the Bible as an inspired text.

Below is a brief description of an approach you can use and modify to hopefully get more out of God's word...

In The Morning
  • Pray a short prayer simply asking God to bless your time with him.
  • Read through the first psalm and pause on any word or phrase that stands out to you.
  • Offer up to God whatever is on your heart for the day and/or from the psalm you read.
  • Ask God to bless your continued reading and then read the main passage and Proverb.
  • Glance back over your reading for anything that you want to remember. Say it out loud, pray about it, and then repeat it to yourself quietly throughout the day. 
In The Evening
  • At the end of the day try to recall the phrase or word or thought from the morning.
  • Pray through your day thanking God for his care and asking for forgiveness where required.
  • Finish your day of conscious thought by reading the PM Psalm.
It is helpful with any scripture reading plan, but assumes that you're reading a few selections daily (like my email reading plan provides). If you're looking for a reading plan use the form below to sign-up for my weekly reading schedule. After experimenting with several different Bible reading plans and finding none that worked for me, I came up with my own. This reading plan is a bit of a hybrid but was created with four specific goals in mind... 
  1. Rotate the readings to keep them fresh so you're always engaged. This reading plan alternates the main reading between the Old Testament and New Testament books. It also has a daily Proverb and a morning & evening Psalm. I've read through the Bible "cover-to-cover" a few times, but I like this better. The alternating readings remind me that everything points to Jesus! 
  2. Keep the readings at a digestible length so you're able to meditate on them. Reading through the entire Bible in year requires a lot of reading. This plan keeps it manageable by reading through the Old Testament in two years. It also gives you a psalm and proverb everyday so you can meditate on different passages.
  3. Systematically work through the entire Bible so you eventually read all of God's word. In addition to reading through the whole Old Testament every two yours you'll read through the New Testament every year, all of the Psalms three times a year, and the Proverbs once a year. 
  4. Ensure that the readings are easily available wherever/whenever you want to read. I love reading in my Bible, but I don't always have it with me. This reading is emailed every Saturday for the week so you can save it and then use the links to read at home, at work, or sitting in the car rider line. 
Sign-up now to receive these readings to your inbox every Saturday. You'll get an email with the texts listed and a link to read the Bible on a website that looks just like a page of your paper Bible.

Use this form to sign-up to receive the weekly Bible reading list!