As we seek to Build Faith and grow in our relationship with God, there are many practices we can incorporate into our lives to help us. Weekly attendance in worship is one. Regular meeting with a small group is another. Daily prayer and daily reading of the Bible are excellent practices for each of us.
At Asbury, we have been publishing a Daily Bible Reading plan for many years. This plan includes daily readings for each day of the year. Each reading is one chapter from the Bible. Hard copies of the plan are available at the Welcome Center in the Fellowship Circle, at the back of the sanctuary, and in the Prayer Room.
Some thoughts on how to approach Daily Bible Reading:
- Pray before you begin reading. Ask God to open your mind, heart, and spirit to what
- Underline significant phrases in the reading that connect with you. Make a few notes about thoughts you have relative to the reading. You can do this by keeping a notebook with you. Many electronic Bibles have a built in note taking feature that allows you to connect your notes with the verses you are reading.
- Pause for a few minutes after you are finished reading to keep thinking about it and to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
- Finish your time of reading with a prayer, thanking God for what you have reading, the words that have spoken to you, and seeking the Holy Spirit to help you incorporate this into your life.
Information and links:
- Daily Bible Reading 2020 – Downloadable file that can be printed on letter sized paper (pdf format).
- Daily Bible Reading 2020 Calendar NIV – Downloadable ics file to add the daily readings to your calendar. The file adds an appointment to each day of your calendar with a link to the chapter of the day at Tecarta.com online Bible in the New International Version. The appointment is an all day appointment, but should show you as available.
- Daily Bible Reading 2020 Calendar NLT – Downloadable ics file to add the daily readings to your calendar. The file adds an appointment to each day of your calendar with a link to the chapter of the day at Tecarta.com online Bible in the New Living Translation. The appointment is an all day appointment, but should show you as available.
Notes about Daily Bible Reading:
- If you should miss a day (or a week, or a month), do not get stressed out about it. Start again with today’s reading. Resist the temptation to feel guilty about what you may have missed. Sometimes people want to go back and read what they have missed. That is okay, but do not worry about it. Let go of yesterday and give thanks for what God has for you today.
- The electronic Bible Pastor Dave recommends is found at Tecarta.com. There are many options for electronic Bibles. Tecarta is available on the web, and there are app for both IOS and Android. If you set up a personal account with Tecarta, the settings, highlights, notes, etc. will be synced across all of your devices. If you have the app on your device, internet access is not needed to access the Bible via the app. There are other Bible apps and web pages. This is merely the one Pastor Dave uses and recommends. Note: There is a one time license cost (typically less than $8) to most translations. This is per account, not per device. Tecarta typically has a sale every January. Other apps and web pages (such as biblegateway.com) allow you to access the Bible without a fee (there is advertising to cover their costs), they require internet access.
- This Daily Bible Reading plan is not a plan to read through the entire Bible in one year. There are many plans to do that, but those typically require reading three chapters per day. The purpose of this plan is intended to help busy people stay in the Bible; read through all of the gospels every year; read through most of the New Testament every year; and read through the entire Bible over a four year period.