Daily Bible Reading

3a
There is a lot that could be said about daily Bible reading. It has been the most important spiritual discipline in my life for many years. Many people have this as a New Year’s resolution. Below are some thoughts on it. While I am a failure…err…less engaged? in some of the other disciplines, daily Bible reading has been a part of my life since I was about 16 years old. If anyone has some thoughts on fasting, I’m all stomach.

One blog I read offered the following eight suggestions for daily Bible reading. I second them all. Realistically, for me, same time and place has hardly ever worked, though. Now, I have about three different windows in an average day. I pick one of them. Also, writing/underlining is key. I have to have at least some margin space in whatever Bible I’m reading…and a good pen. This can be a wonderful alternative to journaling or supplement to journaling, if you really take your time with the text.

Anyways, here are his eight:

  1. Prepare the night before
  2. Pray
  3. Same time, same place every day
  4. Keep track of what you read
  5. Write in your Bible
  6. Read consecutively
  7. Use a journal
  8. Respond to what you’ve read

I give my own list of five tomorrow…any that you would add?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

Share Your Thoughts

3 thoughts on “Daily Bible Reading

  1. I enjoy doing my daily bible reading near to commentaries. I don’t use them often when I’m “just” doing a daily bible reading, but occasionally a verse will strike me in a way I hadn’t considered (actually this happens often) and I’d like to get a commentators thought on the passage to see if they agree/disagree or have other thoughts. Usually this means I read in my home office…

  2. Sometimes I find it beneficial to read the same passage several days in a row. As time passes, different aspects of the passage speak to me in meaningful ways.