How To Read The Bible Every Day
Over the past year we have been encouraging one another to grow as people of prayer. We’ve been doing that using our Prayer Cards and saying prayer is as simple as 1,2,3. Asking people to commit to praying for 6, 15 or 30 minutes, with three sections, worship, Bible and prayer.
I thought I’d share some thoughts on the Bible section and how you can get the most out of it.
Each day I read from the Bible In One Year. I have a hardback book I have been reading for the past few years and now is well worn and held together by gaffer tape. For days when I am not at home I have the app on my phone.
I also have a 2018 diary. As I read I write down the verses that jump out at me from all the readings. When I am done I look back over what I have noted and write a sentence summing up the theme and challenge from the morning. I also take note of one word that I will take with me through my day. I will use these thoughts to help direct my prayers for me, and for others.
After this I have decided this year to read ‘My Utmost For His Highest’. This is a Christian devotional classic that I turn to every few years. Compiled after his death, ‘My Utmost’ contains daily readings and teachings from Oswald Chambers. Chambers died in 1917 and people have been using this book since the 1920’s and still today it remains challenging and popular. After reading the day’s thought, I pause and pray about what has struck me.
Another good habit is to let the wisdom of saints speak to you and teach you. With the Bible In One Year you can use the commentary by Nicky Gumbel. Or like me you can choose to use a daily devotional alongside your readings. In our house we have devotionals written by Chambers, John Stott, Charles Spurgeon, Isaac Newton and others. Having a number means you can spend time in the company of a number of different saints over different years.
Have you set what your Bible slot looks like? God has given us his word to teach, correct, guide and encourage us. Not to be using this amazing gift daily is to miss out. God has also placed us in his family, spending time learning from the saints who have run the race before us is also an amazing privilege that each of us can enjoy.
For me my slot is early in the morning, before the house wakes and before the day gets going.
There are a number of ways you can access the Bible In One Year.
You can buy it as a book at the Eden Bookstore.
You can sign up for a daily email or download the app via the Bible In One Year website.
There is also a website for ‘My Utmost For His Highest’ which tells you more about Chambers, his life and work and also gives you each day’s reading. Like the Bible In One Year you can subscribe to a daily email.
If like me you like a book to hold you can buy it at Eden when you buy your Bible In One Year!
May God bless your Bible reading in 2018.