Reading the Bible is crucial 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 crucial to spend quality amount of time in the Bible every day. To boost your Bible reading, be sure you avoid these 3 big mistakes.

Bible Reading Mistake #1 – Not praying before reading.

Perhaps you are so eager to get into the term, 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: Get into the habit of praying before reading.

Your prayer doesn’t have to be long or fancy. Malachi 3:10 Here is a good one to focus on — Psalm 119:18 simply says “Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your law.”

Isn’t that 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 need God’s help focus our spiritual eyes so we are able to “see” (understand) His truth. Amen?

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

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

Now do not get me wrong – I’m all for reading good books concerning the Bible. But a good devotional is no replacement for the Bible itself.

What to do instead: Make sure you are hanging out actually reading the Bible!

A true believer includes 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 along with other books about spiritual growth. There are so many good ones on the market! 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 give it to you. He’d 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 go about it? Do you have a small number of favorite verses or passages that you tend to read repeatedly?

Please don’t limit you to ultimately familiar passages. You’re really short-changing yourself should you choose. God wrote the Bible in order that we would read all of it!

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 complete story or message in and of itself, and each book was written to be read in its entirety, and also in one sitting (like the shorter books of the brand new Testament written 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 read through the 27 New Testament books, one at a time. If you read a chapter each day, it will require about 9 months. If you read 3 chapters a day, it will require 3 months.

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

And you will cultivate a love for God’s Word that may have life-changing results. For as you spend quality time in the Word, 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.

Bible Reading – ARE YOU CURRENTLY Making These 3 Big Mistakes When Reading the Bible? (What to Do Instead)