As believers in Jesus, we want to and should study the Bible every day, but it’s not always easy to do. There are so many distractions in our lives that make it difficult for us to keep up on reading scripture each day. If you want to stay consistent with your Bible reading but find yourself struggling with how to do so, then this post is for you! I’ll share a few tips that will help you with how to read the Bible and stay consistent. So read on to learn more!
Which Bible Should I Choose?
One of the most common issues that many Christians face when it comes to how to read the Bible on a daily basis is not knowing how to start.
There are so many Bible translations, versions and editions; with each one having its own interpretations.
Which do you choose?
This is a hotly debated issue among some people who swear by one translation or another. The fact is, all translations, apart from the original text, are just that…translations.
So while I have my preferences and opinions (I AM Jewish after all), if you are just beginning to develop the habit of reading every day I say choose whichever one will keep you engaged at first!
If there’s a particular translation or version that catches your attention more than others–or if you have an edition that has helpful study notes in the margins–then go for it!
However, at the end of this post I will make suggestions for you based on my own experience with them and how effective I feel they are in their translation from the original.
How to Read the Bible – Where Should I Begin?
There may also be some people who simply don’t know where they should even begin their daily reading from: Should it be from the Old Testament or New Testament?
I would personally recommend beginning in…well, the beginning.
The Bible is a story that unfolds before us and the best way to understand that story, to understand the people, to understand Israel and her relationship with God as a covenant people, and to understand how Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah came to bring ALL the nations of the earth to the God of Israel, one should start where that story does.
But what matters most is not what I say, but what God says to you. And if you feel led to begin with the Besorot (the Gospels) then by all means, begin there.
But the key to learning how to read the Bible each day is just begin!
You can easily fall into analysis paralysis when deciding where to start and never actually begin. So just begin in the beginning!
If you do begin in the Apostolic Writings or elsewhere, eventually you will want to begin in Genesis, as that will help tie the entire Biblical narrative together for you in one cohesive story of redemption.
How to Read the Bible Daily – 11 Ways
- Make time: It sounds obvious, I know. But if you don’t actually make time then there is no way that it’s going to happen! Things WILL get in the way. You need time every day – even if only 10 minutes – just like any other habit (like exercising or cooking dinner). Find some space in your schedule and make it a priority.
- Put a Bible app on the first screen of your phone so you can start reading as soon as you open up your phone. I actually have a verse of the day that shows up each day on my iPhone’s home screen. This is from the Bible app. This way, if you’ve got just an extra few minutes to spare throughout the day (or between meetings, etc.), then you can spend them reading scripture because it will be easily and readily accessible!
- Set alarms on your phone to remind you when it’s time for your Bible reading. I set alarms on my phone for everything! I can easily get distracted by things that go on at home and forget a meeting or to take medication or anything really!
So alarms are great reminders and you can name the alarm as well (if you have an iPhone…I can’t speak for other phones) so if you are like me and the alarm goes off and you actually forget what the alarm was for (I do this ALL the time since my stroke) then you can look and see what it is.
- Put a reminder on your calendar or in your day planner so that you’re continually reminded of how important this is to you and where things should fit in around it during the day, week, month, etc.
- Keep an open Bible next to your bed each night, that way you can start reading right when you wake up in the morning.
- Keep a Bible or your tablet with all of your daily devotional readings, prayers, and meditations on it next to where you work so that if you get an unexpected break during the day then you have easy access to them.
- Do what’s best for YOU! Read only one chapter each day instead of trying to read through large sections. Just read portions from different books over time (but do try not to miss any).
Make sure there are breaks built in depending on how long you’re reading per session. Whatever works for YOU will be great because at least then it won’t feel like such a daunting task!”
- Find an accountability or reading partner: I know it can be hard sometimes but find someone who shares your faith and who you can ask to meet with on a weekly basis to either keep yourselves accountable or to read together (or both!) but try to find someone that can be that accountability partner, even if its online.
- Challenge yourself: Set some goals for how many chapters, pages, or verses that you want to get through each day/week. This will help motivate you. Make a chart or tracker that you can check off the days that you did your reading (get one below!)
- Make it enjoyable! Read the Bible not just as a chore or obligation but also because of its relevance in your life–try reading favorite passages aloud when alone or sharing them with others.
- Listen to an audio Bible! If you have a long drive to work, listen to scripture. If you are cooking, nursing a baby, doing a hobby…listen to the Word as you do it. While I personally prefer reading the Word rather than listening to it (because sometimes we can miss things when we listen and something distracts us or because it is tough to take notes on a verse if you’re driving), if it is all you can fit in during that one day, it is better than not doing anything!
How to Read the Bible – Memorize Scripture
Ok so you are now off to a great start in learning how to read the Bible every day and stay consistent with it. But the Bible tells us in Psalm 119:11:
Memorizing scripture is a great way to learn the Word and carry it with you so that you can easily recall it in various situations in life and to avoid sin because we know what God says about a particular matter.
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How Do You Memorize Scripture?
Ways to memorize Bible verses:
- Start small by finding verses that have meaning for you or that resonate with your life. This will help when it feels repetitive because they’ll be meaningful memories going through your mind instead of just words on paper! Maybe start with something like Genesis 12:3:
- Make it part of your daily Bible reading routine! It takes time for memories to form but you will be amazed at how quickly they come back when studying on a regular basis. Write the verses out in your personal journal or you can use various scripture writing techniques to help you remember them.
- Get creative! Write them down, sing them aloud, draw images of whatever verse you chose (some people like Bible journaling for just this purpose) and then talk about how God may have used this particular Scripture in your life.
- Share your thoughts on how you think that scripture verse can be used in your life! It is always a good idea to share what God has done for and through us, but it also adds depth as we see how this or that verse was applied specifically to the other person’s situation. So discuss it with a spouse, a prayer partner, a friend.
- Teach verse memorization to your children and learn them together! Deuteronomy 6:7 says:
You can get some free scripture memorization cards for kids below!
- Read scripture aloud! Yes, even when you’re alone! Reading scriptures aloud helps us better understand God’s word as well as more fully experience its power when spoken rather than written alone. It helps keep more of your senses engaged (speaking, hearing, seeing versus just seeing) which helps me keep distractions to a minimum.
As I mentioned, one way to learn how to read the Bible each day is to find a translation that you feel comfortable with.
I do have some favorite Bibles which I will share with you! These are only MY personal favorites and you should choose a Bible that you are most comfortable with and feel has the translation you prefer.
These are all Bibles I personally have in my library so I use them all in my studies.
How to Read the Bible – In Summary
I hope these tips will help you in reading the Bible each day and learning to hide the Word in your heart. The Bible is how we know God; who He is and what His character is like. But it is also how we know what He expects from us.
If you have any Bible reading tips you would like to share, please leave them in the comments!
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