To develop a habit of feeding our spirit every day from the Scriptures. You may choose to read through one book of the Bible, or follow a reading plan that is chronological or one that reads from both Old and New Testaments everyday, or perhaps just a topical list of Scriptures.
Building a habit takes persistence, not perfection. Don’t give up if you mess up, just get back to it. – Jane McGonigal
Prayer: Think of reading as the other side to prayer. You talk to God and then He talks to you. There are many little prayers in the Scriptures. Search some out and memorize them.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. – Psalm 25:4-5 ESV
Music: What music do you find lifts you up and encourages you to seek God in His word. Make a playlist for your meditation time.
Time: Take time to watch the sun rise in the morning (set your alarm if you have to), and appreciate what a difference light makes. Light is often a metaphor for knowledge. If you are able to, try to rise early enough to have time to talk and listen to God first thing in the morning.
There are plenty of things that could happen to make it difficult to get some time with God every day, so here are a few suggestions on how to beat them.
Too tired: Keep it short so it doesn’t seem like a burden – eventually it will feel like something you can’t do without. Break it up over the day so that you can fit it in whenever you have little bits of time. Try this: Feed my spirit. Schedule it into your calendar so that it becomes part of your day.
Finding it boring: Try reading some of the exciting stories in the Bible: The Flood (Genesis 6,7); The Plagues (Exodus 7,8); Samson (Judges 16); David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17), Jonah (Jonah 1,2); The Birth of Christ (Luke 1,2). Use study tools to help make the reading come alive, look at maps, cross references, the original Hebrew/Greeks words, Bible dictionaries. Draw pictures. Ask each other questions. Act it out. Use different versions of the Bible.
Dig a little deeper:
Quest 1: Assemble some equipment for better understanding the Bible. It is helpful to have a Bible, a Strong’s Concordance, the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge, and a Nave’s Topical Bible Dictionary. Additional versions of the Bible are also helpful. One option is the actual physical books themselves, but they are also available online. You can try: blueletterbible.org or biblestudytools.com. Other options include downloading e-sword for offline use (you may need to download the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge and Nave’s Topical Bible separately). Or you can download an app for your phone: mysword or blueletterbible.
Quest 2: When it comes to having time with God, we are all different. For some, reading silently is enough. Others find it easier to listen. Some find it helpful to draw or perhaps act it out. Maybe reading outloud is best for you. Or maybe it helps you to have a notebook and pen ready? Think about what way may work best for you. Your quest is to make your reading time something you and anyone reading with you will look forward to. And to add a little bit of purpose, each day look for one statement, idea, question, answer, etc. that you can share with others and then share it! (with your family, on social media, in a journal, whatever works for you).