The Bible is God's letter to us. Unfortunately many people don't take time to read it and then miss all the great things God wants to tell them. Here are some advices to help you to get the most out of your Bible reading:
- Ask God to help you to understand what you are reading. God is the real author and inspiration to the Bible. <2 Timothy 3:16> Since God is the author He is also the one that can help you to understand. Ask God to help you and He will.
- Variate your Bible reading. Try to read something from both the old and the new Testament every day.
- Make a plan for your reading. If you don't have a plan but just read what you feel for, you will most possibly be confused and have a hard time to get the big picture. So make a plan for your reading, either by buying a plan in the Christian bookstore or do a plan of your own. If you got a plan, strategy and for example read the Bible books historically when things happened, you will understand much more and get more out of your reading.
- Try to read the Bible at special times during the day, for example in the morning and in the evening. If you have some special times reserved for Bible reading it will be easier to concentrate yourself. Another good thing with reading the Bible at special times is that the risk then is much smaller that you forget to read it.
- Try to read through the whole Bible in one year. It ain't that hard as it seems. To get through the Bible in one year you need to read like 3-4 chapters each day. To read a chapter takes like 5 minutes. So, if you take time and spend only like 20 minutes a day you will get through the Bible in a year! I'm sure everyone can do this. If you read through the Bible once a year you will understand the scriptures as a whole much better. If you just read the New Testament you will miss the important background that the New Testament builds upon. There are so many prophecies and things in the Old Testament that helps us to understand the New Testament. We need to read both to get the whole picture.
- Take time to think and analyze what you have read. It's very important that you not just read the Bible but also take time to think about what you have read! When you do that, you will easier understand what the Bible wants to tell you today, in your situation.
- Act on the Word! It's not enough to know what the Bible saids, you must also act upon it in your daily life. It's first when you act upon it you show that you really believe in what the Bible saids.
- And last but not least: write down good scriptures and try to memorize them. You will have good use of this, especially when you witness to others.