Reading the Bible is crucial to your spiritual growth. The Word of God is our day to day bread, and without it you’ll turn into a weak and ineffective Christian.

So it’s crucial to spend quality amount of time in the Bible every day. To improve your Bible reading, make 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 understand what you are going to read. This is easy 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 focus on — 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 the other 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 may seem a bit strange: When you sit down to read the Bible, are you currently reading the Bible? Or are you reading a devotional book instead?

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

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

visit site 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 and other books about spiritual growth. You can find so many good ones on the market! But do not forget to simply open the Book and read the Bible every day.

Reality Check – Are you experiencing an appetite for God’s Word? Or even, ask God to give it to you. He would love to do that for you!

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

When you read 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 are really short-changing yourself should you choose. God wrote the Bible in order that we would read everything!

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

Don’t forget that the Bible is a book of books. There are 66 books in the Bible, and each is section 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 (just like the shorter books of the New Testament written by Paul, Peter, James and John).

So I encourage you to read one book at the same time, each one of these in its entirety. One particular method is to read through the 27 New Testament books, one by one. In the event that you read a chapter a day, it will take 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 period. 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 term, you are 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.