Week 1: Reading the Bible

Monday: Watch

Answer These:
1. How has your view of the Bible influenced your life?
2. What are some of the things that make it difficult to understand the Bible?

Pray This:
Father, thank you for the provision you made for me by giving me Scripture. Thank you that I can know more of who you are as I spend time in your Word. I pray that I would have a right understanding of your Scriptures and see it as the authority and guide for my life. Amen.

Tuesday: Read

The Bible has a lot to say on its own importance…

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Answer These:
1. What are 5 things that this passage says about the Bible?
2. Why do you think God wants us to read the Bible?

Pray This:
Father, thank you for giving us the Bible! Thank you that it has withstood the test of time. Thank you that it has proven to be beneficial over and over again. I pray that I would see it as useful for my own life and that I would turn to it before any other thing. Amen.

Wednesday: Pray

Time and time again there are passages in Scripture emphasizing the importance of prayer. The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Spend some time reading The Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6: 9-13.

Answer These:
1. Reflect on the words of this passage. How is this prayer relevant to your own life?
2. In what ways does scripture influence your prayer life?

Pray This:
Father, thank you that you allow us to have conversations with you. Thank you that your Word reminds us that you want to hear from us. God, I pray that you would give the daily bread needed to sustain me today. I pray that I would seek your will, so that I can honor you with my day. Amen.

Thursday: Practice

  • Grab your Bible and turn to the book of Luke
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit would help you understand what you are going to read
  • Read the first chapter slowly, line by line, and rereading when it is confusing
  • Think about what the words must have meant when it was written
  • Think about what this passage means for today
  • Write down your thoughts

Answer These:
1. What is intimidating about reading the Bible?
2. What keeps you from reading the Bible regularly?

Pray This:
Father, thank you for your Holy Spirit that helps us understand your Word. I pray that I would have a deeper understanding of you as I seek to spend time in your Word. God, I pray that I would not be intimidated by the Bible but that I would be able to understand it more and more daily. God, help me establish a time where I am regularly turning to your Word. Amen.

Friday: Reflect

Spend some time listening to the worship song “This I Believe” by Hillsong Music. Pay close attention to the words of the song. All of the lyrics are taken from Scripture.

Answer These:
1. Why do you think it is powerful to sing scripture?
2. In what ways do you think that understanding scripture changes the way you worship?

Pray This:
Father, thank you that we can look to your Word to guide our lives. Thank you that we are able to know more of who you are because of the Bible. Thank you that there is power in the words of the Bible. I pray that you would help me utilize and apply it to my life more and more. Amen.