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04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading

Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading. You’ve made a commitment to read the Bible each day. Do you read it from cover to cover, or is there a better plan?

Where do I start?

Here are some ideas to get you started

A Proverb a Day for Wisdom

There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. This book contains the most profound wisdom man has ever known.

Plan to read a chapter each day, one for each day of the month. Read the one that corresponds to that day. For example, on the 17th of the month, read Proverbs 17.

If you miss a day, you don’t have to try to catch up. Just read the Proverb for the appointed day. You may want to read these Proverbs in a different translation each month.

A Psalm a Day to Drive the Devil Away

Years ago a pastor shared this item. I have no idea where the original source is, but it has been helpful to many. Just read the Psalm listed each day, and start over the next week. You will read the same seven Psalms every week. These Psalms were selected because they are so meaningful to the issues we face today.

Monday – Psalm 73 – “Problem of the prosperity of the wicked”
Tuesday – Psalm 103 – “Praise for all God’s blessings”
Wednesday – Psalm 37 – “Cool it! Walk by faith”
Thursday – Psalm 139 – “God’s all-seeing eye”
Friday – Psalm 122 – “Joyful anticipation of God’s house”
Saturday – Psalm 51 – “The need for cleansing”
Sunday – Psalm 43 – “Cleansed, and ready for worship and service”

Ideas for Branching Out

Don’t limit yourself to only Psalms or Proverbs however. You need a plan that will nurture you from all the Spiritual food groups of God’s Word. Here are some ways to accomplish that:

  • Use the concordance in the back of your Bible or a Bible promise book (several types of these are available in Christian bookstores) to find all the promises you can in the Bible. Determine which promises are unconditional and which ones are based upon a condition that we must meet.
  • Use your concordance to study the lives Bible people. Try to determine what made them great, or what made them fall short. Notice how God worked in their lives, and their responses. Learn from their examples.
  • Read and study one book of the Bible at a time. Read a chapter, or just a few verses each day. If you are new to Bible study, try starting with the book of St. John, then read Acts and continue on through the New Testament. Then go back to Genesis and begin reading the Old Testament.
  • When you come to the “begets and begots” and other passages which seem boring, just skip over these for now. God has them there for a reason, and some day you will want to go back and explore the truths hidden underneath their surface.
  • If you come to something you don’t understand, just try to apply the things you do understand. None of us understands the Bible completely. It has very simple as well as very profound truths in it. God will gradually teach us more and more as we read it. The things that are hard to understand at first will become easier to understand as we study the Bible as a whole.

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation for daily study
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted

02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study

Set a definite time for daily devotions and Bible study. Whether morning, noon, or night, make a commitment to put God first by keeping this appointment you’ve scheduled with the Lord.

What part of your day would be best to spend with God?

Finding the right time for you

To establish your Quiet Time, determine what part of your day is best to set aside for spending time with Him?

  • Many people find that the best time is early in the morning, before the household is stirring. This starts the day with Him, and gives Him an opportunity to provide reinforcements for the day.
  • Others find the best time to be at night right before bed. This allows opportunity to review the day with God and plan for tomorrow with Him.
  • Some people spend a portion of their lunch hour alone with God.
  • Young mothers often snatch the time while their children are napping.
  • People who commute for long distances to work often use this time to pray and listen to a Scripture CD. The disadvantages of this method are the inability to take notes while driving, and the fact that most people don’t work seven days a week.

The time you choose to spend with Him will be based upon whatever your schedule allows. Ask God to help you find the time that is best for you. The most important thing is that you set aside a definite time. It is too easy for our good intentions to get lost in the shuffle of life is we don’t make a definite commitment here.

Plan to spend some time listening to Him through Bible reading. Plan to spend another portion of this time talking with him through prayer.

If you miss a day, you will find that things seem more complicated, stressful. Don’t despair, just ask Him to forgive you if you missed your time with Him through neglect. Ask Him to help you get back on target the next day.

How to Establish a Daily Quiet Time

Contents
00. How to establish a daily quiet time – Introduction
01. What is a quiet time, and why do I need it?
02. Finding time for daily devotions and Bible study
03. Selecting a Bible translation to use for daily study
04. Ideas for daily devotions and Bible reading
05. Online resources for your daily Bible study

Scripture taken from King James Version unless otherwise noted