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5 Steps for a life-changing Quiet Time in God's Word.

Updated: Apr 23, 2019

Reading the Bible: It's doesn't have to be complicated in order to be life changing. Follow these simple steps to a deeper walk with God.

Begin with prayer! Spend the first few minutes praying that God would help you hear what He has to say to you through the scripture. Pray for wisdom. Pray for discernment. Pray for Him to take concerns off your mind so you can be filled with His words.

Sit in silence. In silence read the scripture and then re-read. Four or five times, re-read the words and let them sink into your heart and meditate on the meaning. Try not to rush! If you find your mind wandering, then stop and make a list of all your concerns in the moment. Then, physically and mentally set the list aside and deal with it after your time in the scripture is finished. Practice controlling the rolling thoughts in your head and focus on His words.

Next, observe an overall impression you receive from the verse. Is it a command? Does it concern good or evil? Is there an emotion, feeling, or image portrayed? What actions are taking place?

Then, write what it says about God and about yourself. This part takes practice. Sometimes we learn specifically about ourselves or God and other times it is implied. The important thing is to not make up meanings that aren’t there. Make sure what you pull from the verses is what is really being said. If you feel unsure, use a bible commentary to help make sense of confusing passages. I love using the Life Application Study Bible to keep me on the right track.

Finally (and this is the powerful part), write a written prayer. It’s called a written prayer because it is a conversation with God that you write down. This is the time to respond to what your scripture meditation brought up. The process of writing helps your mind to process what you read even further and helps you make it applicable to your life now. This is truly the ultimate goal. We want God’s word to impact our life and that is only possible by reading, meditation, and reflection.

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