The Bible is not just literature; It is the inspired Word of God. Just as the Holy Spirit was present in the writing of Scripture, so must He be present in our reading of the Word. We can read the Bible without the leadership of the Holy Spirit and still learn Bible facts, but we will never gain insights into the truth and application of God’s Word until we ask the Holy Spirit to open our minds and reveal his truth to us. Each day as you start to read, pray that God’s Holy Spirit will help you to understand what you have read and apply the truth to your own life.
Set aside a definite time every day to read the Bible. The beginning of the day is best. Consider that time as a daily appointment with God and keep the appointment faithfully. No matter how you may feel, read from the Bible every day. It always has a message for readers.
Read the Scripture deliberately, without letting the pressures of predetermined time limits cause you to hurry. Drink deeply of God’s Word and make the people, events, and teachings come alive for your life.
Use Bible reading/study helps such as commentaries, concordances, Bible dictionaries, Bible atlases. These resources should never take the place of reading the Bible itself.
Do not be disturbed if you do not understand some passages. Sometimes further reading or consulting a study help may clarify the problem. Even today, theologians and other scholars debate the ultimate meaning of certain statements and events in the Bible. Rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you into a growing, deepening understanding of God and His Word.
Keep a notebook or a journal as you read the Bible through. Record what you read and any observations or insights you gain. Writing down or paraphrasing what you read will help you remember and apply God’s word in life situations.