I don’t know about you but for me I go through pretty long dry patches where I don’t get to read my Bible all that much.
God does not tell us that we need to read the Bible everyday. What he does say is much more fascinating. In Psalm 1 and Joshua 1 God says that we ought to “meditate on the scriptures day and night”.
This actually makes getting into our Bibles even more important. It’s not just something we read, it’s something we think about. Constantly.
In Matthew 4:4, Jesus said that we can’t live by bread alone but by every word of God. It’s like a light unto our path, a two-edged sword, a fire, and a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces.
I want to be clear that our relationship with God doesn’t rise or fall on our reading habits. Instead, when we realise that God speaks to us through his Word, we should want to read it more!
Having trouble reading the Bible?
I don’t know about you but for me I go through pretty long dry patches where I don’t get to read my Bible all that much. If that’s you too – here’s two practical tips.
1. On your mark. Get set. Go! (read it)
2. Pray it
1. Read the word
If you don’t know where to start reading, then start reading Mark. In fact, it’s a great place to restart – even if you restart a thousand times.
It contains the stories of Jesus’ life and tells them very quickly. No long genealogies and no drawn out narratives. In fact, one of the words you’re going to see a lot in the book of Mark is “immediately”. It’s a fast-paced book but with plenty of depth. It’s the sort of book where you can start at any chapter and read a section. You’ll get a story from the life of Jesus and you’ll be refreshed by the reminder of his greatness.
2. Pray The Word.
Pray in response to the verses you read
Pray in response to the verses you remember
Don’t close your Bible when you pray, but let the priorities of the Bible shape your priorities in prayer.