Bible Reading – Are You Making These 3 Big Mistakes When Reading the Bible? (What to Do Instead)

Reading the Bible is critical to your spiritual growth. THE TERM of God is our day to day bread, and without it you’ll become a weak and ineffective Christian.

So it’s vital to spend quality time in the Bible every day. To boost your Bible reading, make sure you avoid these 3 big mistakes.

read the bible Bible Reading Mistake #1 – Not praying before reading.

Perhaps you are so wanting to get into the Word, you forget to ask God for help to understand what you are about to read. This is an easy task to do.

What to do instead: Enter the habit of praying before reading.

Your prayer doesn’t have to be long or fancy. Here is a good one to start with — Psalm 119:18 simply says “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”

Isn’t a great prayer? Why not ensure it is your own.

You have two sets of eyes – one is physical and another is spiritual. And we are in need of God’s help focus our spiritual eyes so we can “see” (understand) His truth. Amen?

Bible Reading Mistake #2 – Not actually reading the Bible.

Here’s a question that could seem a bit strange: Once you sit down to read the Bible, are you reading the Bible? Or are you reading a devotional book instead?

Now don’t get me wrong – I’m all for reading good books about the Bible. But a good devotional is no substitute for the Bible itself.

What to do instead: Make sure you are spending time actually reading the Bible!

A true believer has a love for the Word that compels him/her to hunger and thirst for God’s truth.

Again, it’s OK to learn Bible study guides and commentaries and other books about spiritual growth. There are so many good ones out there! But do not forget to simply open the Book and browse the Bible every day.

Reality Check – Do you have an appetite for God’s Word? If not, ask God to provide it to you. He would love to do that for you personally!

Bible Reading Mistake #3 – Random reading of favorite verses only.

When you browse the Bible, how do you start it? Do you have a small number of favorite verses or passages that you have a tendency to read repeatedly?

Please don’t limit you to ultimately familiar passages. You’re really short-changing yourself if you do. God wrote the Bible in order that we would read everything!

What to do instead: Read the Bible one book at a time.

Don’t forget that the Bible is really a book of books. There are 66 books in the Bible, and each is part of the One Story that God is telling us.

But each book is also a whole story or message in and of itself, and each book was written to be read in its entirety, and even in one sitting (like the shorter books of the brand new Testament compiled by Paul, Peter, James and John).

So I encourage you to read one book at a time, each one of these in its entirety. One simple method is to go through the 27 New Testament books, one at a time. In the event that you read a chapter each day, it will require about 9 months. If you read 3 chapters a day, it will take 3 months.

So set a goal to read the entire New Testament inside a certain time frame. Wouldn’t that be cool?

And you will cultivate a love for God’s Word that will have life-changing results. For as you may spend quality time in the term, you’re spending quality time with the Creator of the universe, and you will find yourself caught up in the wonder of His love demonstrated through His Son Jesus.