So how are you doing with reading your Bible every day? I admit, some days are harder than others. But so far (all of one week) I’ve done okay! Of course, there’s also some days that I start reading, and fifteen minutes later I realize I have no clue what words just passed in front of my eyes! They were just lines on a page, not divine whispers from my heavenly Father. And so I have to go back and read it all over again, making sure that I pay careful attention to what I’m reading. Do you have that problem too?
But I’ve found something that can help (when I remember, that is). I usually have my prayer time after my Bible reading, so I can respond to what the Spirit shows me, and reply to God after hearing/reading His words to me. But it helps to take just a moment beforehand as well, just to focus your mind on the Word and the time you are about to spend with God. I like to pray something like this:
Help me to focus.
Help me to understand.
Help me to obey.
Pray for focus– that you might be able to set aside the distractions around you and in your mind, that you won’t allow yourself to be interrupted, and that you would be able to really pay attention to what you’re reading.
Pray for understanding– that the Holy Spirit would illuminate the Word in your mind and heart, that He would show you Himself through His words and works, that you would realize how all Scripture applies to you personally, and understand what you should do with what you’re reading.
Pray for obedience– that you would be willing to change if convicted, that you would be pliable to the Spirit’s leading, that you would be tender to His molding and shaping of you from the inside-out, and that you would be strong and faithful to follow through with whatever He commands you to do.
That’s what I’m learning as we start off this year-long challenge. How about you? What is God teaching you about the process of spending time in His Word? What is He showing you in His Word? How have you been convicted or refreshed by this past week’s readings? Or what are you having trouble with (understanding or putting into practice) that maybe someone else can help you with?
Take some time to share what stood out to you this week in the comment section below! Or, if you have a blog, share it with your own readers and post a link over here so we can read it too! Let’s start building each other up with the lessons we’re learning- maybe someone else needs to understand what you finally grasped this week; maybe they need to hear the lesson God is teaching you, so they can learn from it too.
Let’s sharpen each other with the Word!
TTB12 Week 2 Readings
Sunday: Genesis 20-22, Romans 8
Monday: Genesis 23-24
Tuesday: Genesis 25-26, Romans 9
Wednesday: Genesis 27-28
Thursday: Genesis 29-30, Romans 10
Friday: Genesis 31-32
Saturday: Genesis 33-35, Romans 11