Every day, we are confronted with a wide variety of advertisements, entertainments, labors, issues, challenges and opportunities that are vying for our attention. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are also encouraged, advised and prodded to focus our attention on Jesus and His Word, the Bible. There is a tremendous lack of deep Bible knowledge in many of us, including myself. This lack of knowledge is due to a lack of focus and dedication to reading God’s word, a lack of deep, heart felt prayer and a lack of godly meditation. We should carve out time each day to read God’s word, pray and meditate on his Word.
Here are a few ideas to help build out this time:
1) Start simple. Sign up for a daily Bible verse service that is delivered to your SmartPhone. There are texting based services available as well as SmartPhone apps, email services, etc. These services will present us with a daily opportunity to read a tiny morsel from God’s Word. Not much, but an improvement over nothing. There are several services that can do this for you for free. Here are two: http://www.bible-sms.com/ and http://www.thedailybibleverse.org/.
2) Locate a few simple Bible verses that you find encouraging. BibleGateway has a great list of the top 100 most reviewed Bible Verses. (https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2009/05/the-100-most-read-bible-verses-at-biblegatewaycom/). This is a good starting point. Print these out and put them near your bed, or on your refrigerator, or somewhere else prominent. Read one or two each day.
3) Purchase or print a few Bible passages in print form that you find attractive or meaningful. Hang them in your home. As you walk past this print each morning or afternoon, stop and read it until you can recite it without looking.
4) Pray each morning before climbing out of bed.
5) Pray each evening before climbing into bed.
6) Install an audio Bible application on your SmartPhone. There are several freely available audio Bibles. Listen to them on your drive to work or school. Listen to them at times that work for you. Listen to this instead of music one day a week.
7) Obtain a few inexpensive copies of the Bible. The DollarTree in my area often carries copies for just $1. The books are not the highest quality, but the words are the same. You can also print out the book of Psalms fairly easily as well. Place them in key areas in your home such as in the bathroom or near the coffee maker or any other place you tend to spend a bit of time each day.
7) Start reading one chapter of the book of Psalms a day. Most of these are very short and can be read in a couple minutes. Read them in the bathroom or while waiting for coffee to brew.
8) When you are ready, advance to reading 5 chapters of Psalms a day.
After some time of incorporating these techniques into your life (all or in part), you may discover that there is more time to read the Bible than you realized.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.