7 Simple Steps for How to Read the Bible Daily

Daily Bible reading is part of the Christian walk and building a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Building a habit of daily readings in the Bible can be difficult though. Not only are there so many distractions to keep us from God’s word, but we are so used to packing our lives with commitments that it seems like there is no room for reading the Bible. 

The good news is there always is time for daily Bible study. Whether you have 5 minutes or 15 minutes or an hour, the length doesn’t matter. What matters is being intentional about your daily time for reading God’s word and having a heart open to hearing what God has to say to you. Below, find 7 simple steps as well as practical tips for how to read the Bible daily.

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How to Read the Bible Daily

What is the best way to study the Bible daily?

When starting a new habit, we’re often looking for the best ways or the right way to do it. And while that applies to some habits, it doesn’t apply to a daily Bible reading habit. There are many different ways to study the Bible and fit it into your daily routine.

The best way to study the Bible is the way that it works for you. I encourage you not to compare your Bible study to that of others. You have to own it yourself and find the specific time that works for you and the best place for you to focus.

These 7 steps for how to read the Bible daily are meant to help you make a plan for your new habit and encourage you to start today! 

  1. Pick a Consistent Time
  2. Find a Quiet Place
  3. Decide what to Read (Get your Bible?)
  4. Quiet Distractions
  5. Pray throughout your study
  6. Seek accountability
  7. Restart your habit – don’t quit!

1. Pick a Consistent Time

The first step to building a daily Bible reading habit is finding the time. It’s tempting to just shrug off this step and say you’ll work in time when you have a spare second. But that makes it also much more tempting to shrug off your Bible reading for the day or say you’ll pick it up tomorrow.

So before you get tired or worn out from the day, pick a time ahead of the day’s busyness to dedicate to reading God’s word.  Block off the time on your calendar, work and personal. If you live with roommates or your family, let them know what time you’ll be unavailable while reading Bible verses. If you’re taking time during your lunch break, be sure your calendar is showing the event as busy.

Set an alarm on your phone for 5 minutes before and at the time of your study. Be prompt and prepare these other steps ahead of time so you’re ready to go when the alarm sounds.

How long should I read the Bible per day?

Often we want to go from 0 to 100 when it comes to starting a new habit. I haven’t read the Bible in a year, so I’m going to commit to reading for 2 hours every day for the rest of the year. But the first day we miss, we get discouraged and don’t want to start again.

There is no set time or prescription in the Bible about how long we should read the Bible. The best advice I have for you is to start small. Start with 5 or 10 minutes per day, and then slowly work your way up to more time.

The more you read the Bible, the more you’ll want to read. Naturally, you’ll find yourself spending more time in God’s word even without setting aside more time.

2. Find a Quiet Place

The next step is to find a great place to read your Bible. You’ll want a place that is quiet and unlikely to have distractions. Find somewhere you are comfortable and can focus.

Here are some quiet places to try: your bedroom closet, a chair in your bedroom, your living room early in the morning, your office desk before meetings, the stairwell (a safe one) at school, an empty conference room before the day starts.

Being consistent in what time you read the Bible and where you read the Bible helps in making your reading time a habit. Your body and mind will start to associate the time and place with Bible time.

3. Decide What to Read

The next step to reading the Bible on a daily basis is sometimes the hardest part: deciding what to read. Where do I start? What should I read first?

Thankfully, there are so many Bible reading plans out there to choose from.  

  • For reading the entire Bible in a year, I recommend The Bible Recap. This podcast and their daily Bible Reading plan helps you read through the whole Bible in a year and provides Biblical commentary and explanations for the harder passages and more complex theology. 
  • You can also find daily devotionals that offer inspirational readings, scripture references, suggested passages for further reading, and scripted prayers for your devotional time. 
  • Also, Bible apps like the YouVersion app or First5 Devotional App give you many different topical Bible plans to choose from.
  • Another strategy is to pick one book of the Bible and start working your way through the entire book. If you choose this approach, I suggest alternating between the new testament and the old testament. Both of them can inform our faith and walk with God.
  • Daily readings from Psalms and Proverbs are also a great place to start. There are 31 Proverbs in the Bible, so you can easily read through them in one month.

How should a beginner read the Bible daily?

For beginners, I suggest starting your reading in the book of John. One of the 4 gospels chronicling the life of Jesus, the Gospel of John was geared toward all audiences. Fully understanding the gospel and getting to know your savior, Jesus Christ, is a priority for all believers. John’s gospel narrative is easy to read and understand for beginners compared to the more prophetic or law books. If you have a study Bible, it can offer insight into the text and additional commentary, too. However, even if you don’t have a study Bible, the book of John is an easy book to start with. 

4. Quiet Distractions

In order to get the most out of your Bible, it’s important to quiet the distractions of daily life. Everyone faces different distractions, but here are some common ones. Your phone: silence your phone and set it to do not disturb. If you’re tempted to look at your phone, put it in your purse, bookbag, or desk drawer.

Additionally, I’d recommend getting off of social media for the time being. Don’t worry about taking a photo of your Bible and coffee cup. If you want to share what you learned from your Bible study, then you can do it after your quiet time.

5. Pray throughout your study

Prayer is an important part of connecting with God through the word of God. The power of prayer comes from who we’re praying to: our Heavenly Father. 

We can pray and call on the power of the Holy Spirit through prayer to help us understand God’s word. When we’re unmotivated to pick up the Bible, we can ask God to change our heart and give us a hunger for his word.

Try opening your bible time with prayer and closing the time with prayer. Praying throughout your study as the spirit leads you is helpful as well.

6. Seek accountability

Accountability is important for all Christians. We were not meant to walk the Christian life alone. God wants us to be connected with a local church and local body of believers that can encourage us, support us, and hold us accountable. 

To help you build a daily bible reading habit, ask a trusted friend or mentor in your Christian community to hold you accountable. Or to read the Bible daily with you. Having someone to check in with you and go through the reading with you can motivate you to keep the habit going.

7. Restart your habit – don’t quit!

As we are humans and imperfect, it’s unlikely that we can read the Bible every day at the same time and place. But when you forget to read your Bible one day or simply fall asleep while trying to read, remember that there is grace for you. 

“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’”

James 4:6 (English Standard Version)

Don’t let a day, a couple days, a week, or any other length of time keep you from coming back to the word of God. You can start reading your Bible any time and you can restart anytime.

How do I make reading the Bible a daily habit?

To make reading the Bible a daily habit requires intentionality and prayer. Start by picking a time and place where you can consistently spend time in the word of God.

Silence distractions and find a daily bible reading plan or book of the Bible to read. As you go through the pages of the Bible, make sure to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Seek accountability from a Christian friend or spiritual mentor. Don’t give up if you miss a day’s reading (or multiple). You can always restart again.

So, when it comes to how to read the Bible daily, the first thing to do is to start. What better day is there to start than today?

What keeps you from reading the Bible daily?

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