Daily Reflections

How to Improve Your Personal Bible Study

January 12, 2023 Laura Booz

Let your heart keep my commands; for they will bring you many days, a full life, and well-being. —Proverbs 3:1–2

Bible study isn’t an optional recreation or a lark for bookish people. We must study the Bible, even if it’s difficult. God’s Word is our nourishment and fortress. It’s how we know Jesus. That means we need to adjust our mindset to believe Bible study is a necessary thing to do, though it may require significant sacrifice and investment.

You can also improve your personal Bible study by seeking out someone who enjoys digging into God’s Word. Ask her to sit by your side while you read a few verses together. Listen to her wonder, watch her highlight and take notes, repeat the words she looks up in her concordance, and look over her shoulder when she prayerfully applies the verses to her own life. If you make a weekly date of this apprenticeship, you’ll start to acquire some skills and will grow in understanding and interest.

More importantly, ask God Himself to spark your interest, to increase your ability, to instruct you, and to help you. He will.

Make it Personal

Pray that God would increase your ability, confidence, and joy in studying His Word.