#12: Taking the Next Step: Read It!

Last week, we began looking at the Scripture Union Bible Reading Method, five simple steps to enable you to get the most out of your time in God’s Word. The first step we discussed was to pray as you begin and ask God to help you understand what you’ll be reading. The second step—no surprise!---is to read the passage for the day, thoughtfully and carefully.

Remember to have a Bible translation that is clear and easy for you to read and understand. That may be the New International Version (NIV), the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), the New American Bible (NAB) or another one recommended by your pastor or church.  Read the passage slowly. You may even want to read it more than once, especially if it is quite unfamiliar or difficult to understand. Sometimes, it’ll be helpful to read the passages that precede or follow it so you can study the passage in its context.

And don’t hurry. Take the time to read the Bible passage as thoroughly as you can. As you do that, you can trust God to answer your prayer for understanding.