“Read your bible, pray every day!” Are you familiar with that chorus that we sang as young children? The sentiment behind this song is so important: we should prioritize reading our Bibles and praying daily.
To be honest though, as I grew up, I realized that it wasn’t that easy. From high school onward, it seems as if my 24 hour days have been reduced to 12 hours. Where does the time go? How do I have so much on my plate and not enough energy? Do you feel the same some days?
Sometimes we all need a little help in getting back on track when it comes to reading our Bibles daily. Let me give you 3 simple tips to help you get back (or get started) studying your Bible daily while saving time!
Why Is Bible Study Important? (Proverbs 21:5)
Quickly, before we get into why studying the bible is important, let me define what Bible study is. Studying the Bible involves systematically reading and analyzing a passage or passages of scripture to better understand its meaning.
Bible study is essential for 4 main reasons:
- It helps us become closer to God. James 4:8 helps us to see,
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
We want to constantly ensure that we are deepening our relationship with our heavenly father.
- We do not want to simply read the bible and take in knowledge. Knowledge without application does not equal to spiritual progress. When we study the Bible and meditate on what it says and how we can make the practical application, we are demonstrating wisdom that will benefit us.
- Taking in knowledge and wisdom each day means that no matter what is thrown at us throughout the day, we are spiritually fortified to face and overcome the challenges and temptations.
- Bible study also helps us to be confident when we are asked questions about our faith. We may even be placed in situations where we have to defend our faith. That is not the time to flounder. Study the Bible now so you can be fortified and ready to defend yourself when the opportunity arises.
Thinking of the reasons why studying the Bible should be significant to me as a Christian makes me more intentional about completing each reading. However, as mentioned earlier, sometimes it’s difficult to do.
We have so many roles we fill. We may be wives, mothers, stepmoms, students, employees, employers and the list goes on. That’s why I’m discussing 3 options.
We all live differently and so what may work for one person may be inconvenient or impossible for others. I want to let you know one more thing before we discuss these three tips:
Bible reading will change.
How you read the Bible might change. You may feel that you can only read one chapter a day or maybe you can read three chapters. You may have had a super hectic day and only have time for one verse.
That’s ok, friend!
Do your best. Make a decision to read your Bible each day no matter how much or little you are able to study it. Every footstep gets you closer to where you want to be as a follower of Christ.
First Bible Reading Time-Saving Tip
Not everyone likes to read. Personally, I LOVE reading. I devour books like they’re going out of style. However, if you do not share my level of enthusiasm for reading, especially every single day, this Bible hack is for you.
Listen to the audio version of the Bible passage each day. You can save time with this tip by doing other daily activities at the same time ie. cooking, commuting to and from work, while taking a bath, listen to it with your children before bed.
After you’ve finished listening to the Bible verse/s, take a few moments for reflection, prayer, research, or journaling. In fact, with my summary Bible Reading Tips free worksheet, there is a notes section specifically for this.
Second Bible Reading Tip to Help You Read God’s Word Daily
I love this second tip. It incorporates reading the Bible during times that you would normally be reading anyway. All you are doing is switching up your reading material.
Read the Bible passage as a part of your daily reading routine. For example, instead of your usual bedtime story with your children, read the bible with them.
Instead of the secular books that you usually read, divide that time and incorporate your bible reading in your daily schedule.
I love reading personal development books and found myself spending so much time reading these throughout the day that I was rushing through my Bible reading just to “get it in” for that day.
That’s not the attitude I want to have towards the Bible or want you to have. The Bible is a treasure trove of wisdom given to us by our Creator by means of His Holy Spirit.
Let us treasure the Bible the ways we would anything of value to us. We don’t want to “get our Bible reading out of the way.” This may take a readjustment mentally on our end.
For me, I needed to realize that the best personal development book out there is God’s word. If I want to be a better person (which I really really want to be), I need to be intentional with my reading choices.
This should be a conscious daily decision on our part.
Third Bible Reading Tip to Read and Study God’s Word Every Day
Read the Bible first thing in the morning. Wake up 15-20 minutes earlier or include as a part of your morning routine along with your exercise, journaling, meditation etc.
This really sets your intentions for the rest of the day. Do you remember one of the reasons we should study the bible?
So we can put on our spiritual armor as we go out in the world each day and face challenges and temptation. I’ve found the best time to strengthen myself spiritually is first thing in the morning.
Does this mean that if you get caught up in the morning or your life does not lend to early mornings, that you should give up?
Remember, we all have different circumstances; job shifts, small children, classes to attend and so on. So if you can’t read it in the morning, read it when you have the opportunity throughout the day.
Maybe that means reading the bible on your phone on your lunch break. Or studying the bible may be the last activity you do before bed.
Whatever works for you and your schedule!
The Benefits of Saving Time Studying the Bible (John 9:4)
Our lives are busy. Even when we do have some time to spare for ourselves, we end up doing something else. Instead of thinking of studying the Bible as something extra to squeeze into your day, incorporate this activity as you would anything else important to you.
John 9:4 explains why it is so important to find the time to delve into God’s word:
We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.
We may not always have the opportunity to read the Bible freely. Let’s take advantage of the freedom and ability that we currently have to do so and grow closer to God.
From a practical standpoint, following these tips will save you time to do all the other things we need to accomplish each day; chores, homework, cooking, shopping, errands, the list goes on.
These 3 tips are wonderful tools you can use right away. In order to make it easier for you to pull out whenever you need a reminder, I have created the Bible Reading Tips worksheet if you haven’t grabbed your free copy as yet.
Do Not Delay in Starting Your Bible Reading Routine (Proverbs 27:1)
Remember these words at Proverbs 27:1;
you do not know what a day may bring.
Things can change in an instant. Let’s balance being spiritual and practical as we utilize these tips to save time reading the bible and studying it each day!