Have you ever sat down to read the Bible, read it, and left not remembering a thing? It happens…BUT it is possible to get something out of your time in the Word every time you sit down read. The Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). It’s not just a book with information, but a living and active word that is still speaking today!
In this article we are going to look at ten different practical keys for getting something out of your time in the Word. However, we first need to address the most important thing when approaching your time in the Word. Do you approach the Bible as a book with information? Is the Bible a compilation of stories from long ago? Or do you approach the Word of God as a person, Jesus Christ Himself?
The truth is that the Word of God is actually Jesus. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:14 reveals this reality even further, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Thus, according to the Word of God itself, Jesus is the Word and the Word is Jesus. This changes everything and it should change your time in the Word too!
No longer are you spending time reading a book filled with information. No, when you read the Bible you are spending time getting to know the Word. You get to spend time getting to know Jesus. Isn’t that amazing?!
Key #1 – Set Aside Time
The first key to getting something out of your time with Jesus is to set aside some time each day to meet with Him. So many times we judge ourselves because we “didn’t spend enough time” in the Word. If we spend 30 minutes, we didn’t spend an hour. And if we spend and hour, we didn’t spend two hours. It’s a vicious cycle!
However, when we operate from the revelation that your time in the Word is actually spending time with Jesus then no matter how long you spend with Him it counts! Think about it. Do you get mad at your best friend if they call you and you talk for two minutes, but have to hop of the call for a meeting? No. You’re glad that you got to catch up for two minutes. Does a wife yell at her husband when he kisses her on the way out the door for work because he didn’t spend two hours talking to her? No. She’s thankful for that 30 second encounter with her husband.
These are just a few examples of how every deposit of time invested into a relationship counts….and it’s not any different with Jesus. If you spend five minutes with Him or 3 hours, He’s glad you’re there with Him. Changing your mindset about the time you spend with Jesus will help you get more from your time in the Word.
Key #2 – Find A Specific Place For Your Time In The Word
The second key to getting something out of your time in the Word is to find a specific place where you can meet with Jesus. Again, your time in the Word is building your relationship with Him. Thus, just like any relationship you can create special places where you meet with Jesus. When you do this there is a psychological affect too that helps you “get in the zone” for spending time in the Word when you’re in that specific place.
If you need help picking a place here are a few ideas that are ideal for your time in the Word:
- Find a relatively quiet place so you can focus
- The location can be indoors or out, but try both
- Pick a place that is comfortable for you
- Go for a walk and listen to the Word
- Find a place that is free from distractions (ie. no TVs, people, etc.)
- Have your “go-to” spot, but switch the location up from time to time
- Pick a time of the day/night that works best for you
Key #3 – Pick A Version That’s Easy For You To Read
The third key for getting something out of your time in the Word is pick a version of the Bible that’s easy for you to read. There are many ideas out there about which version of the Bible is the ‘”correct” version. However, if you don’t connect with whatever version you’ve been told is the “correct” version, it can become a hinderance to your time in the Word.
Therefore, be encouraged to choose a version of the Bible that you are able to read. It’s better to choose a version of the Bible you connect with than try to force yourself to read the “right” version. You can also trust that the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth (John 16:13), regardless of what version of the Bible you read.
Key #4 – Pray Ephesians 1:17
The fourth key to getting something out of your time in the Word is to pray Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians. In his prayer he asks that they “would have wisdom and revelation to know Him more” (Ephesians 1:17). This is a prayer that we can pray for ourselves every time we sit down to spend time with the Word. It is a powerful prayer because it is a pray asking for Jesus to reveal Himself to us in deeper ways. Remember, the Word is Jesus, and we can ask for “wisdom and revelation” to know Him more!
Key #5 – Pray Scripture During Your Time In The Word
The fifth key for getting something out of your time in the Word is to use the scriptures you’ve read to pray. This is an effective way to engage more deeply with the Word of God. Romans 10:17 promises that “faith comes by hearing” which means that when we pray the Word of God we can actually build our faith. Another benefit of praying scripture out loud is that we’re actually speaking the words of Jesus over ourselves!
The Word is Jesus and He wants to spend time with you. Begin implementing one or more of these five keys for your time in the Word and you’ll surely build your relationship with Jesus deeper and deeper!