Alright friends, it’s time for another answer to a super popular Bible Study Question! I get them so often, that I’m turning them into posts for easy access for you! So, this week’s popular question is, “What do you ask yourself as you read your bible?” It’s usually the follow-up question to “how do you study your bible?”- which funnily enough will be next week’s answer! What can I say, I got my dates all mixed up! 😉
There’s really, no easy answer to this question because it honestly changes all the time. BUT, there are five things I do follow as I read through my devotional or a study or even just reading straight from the Bible.
So you ready? Let’s get started!
*DISCLAIMER: remember that what works for me may not always work for you, AND THAT’S OKAY! That’s actually one of my favorite things about having a relationship with Jesus, it is uniquely tailored to each and every one of us. Isn’t He amazing!?*
On my heart today– I try to approach my time with Jesus the same way, but let’s face it, I’ve got way too many emotions. Sometimes my time with Jesus is fueled by an unquenchable desire to sit at His feet, other times it’s fueled by frustration and questions, and still others are fueled by anxiety and fear. So I start, right off the bat, acknowledging what’s on my heart.
Scripture– I always write down the verses I’m reading. If it’s a one verse devotional, I write it down completely. If it’s a paragraph or a chapter, I write down the verse reference. I just always want to remember what I was reading that day.
Notes– As I read through, I jot down everything that stands out. If I was confused about something if something clicked and made sense to me if I remember an event that happened in my life that was similar if I see a consistent lesson- whatever it is I write it down. There’s really something powerful about writing things down, friend.
Apply – After reading through the scripture and the notes I took from it, I jot down bullet points of how I can apply it to my life. Because the Bible on your lap is living and breathing and 100000000% can apply to your life today. WHAT. A GOD!
Punctuate with Hallelujahs – I end quiet time usually by praying and praising. I praise and thank Jesus for all that I have and all that He’s given me. I focus on praising Him instead of simply praying for all the things on my heart because when I focus on praising Him, I notice my attitude shift throughout the day. Besides, He has blessed me with so, so much, that I won’t ever be able to thank Him enough!
And that’s pretty much it! Those are the five things I focus on in my quiet time. I, of course, have different types of study times, which I’ll be sharing with you in the upcoming posts, but for my consistent daily quiet time, those are the five things that I stick to!
But the best part? I actually used all five of these prompts and designed a 60-day journal for YOU! It was my prayer that you would be encouraged to pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus by using this journal. Click here to order yours today! <3
Oh and if YOU have a prompt that you find helpful in your own quiet time- please share it below! You never know, it just might be the prompt that can help someone else go deeper with Jesus!