The Dare challenge no. 2:
Over the next year I will read the entire Word.
Centuries ago, it was difficult to hear the Word of God. Villages were blessed to have a copy of the Bible at all, and people had to gather in community to hear it read. They placed such a high value on hearing from God, that they would plan their lives around it.
Now we just need to make it a priority. We need to commit ourselves to read the scripture. So, if you are going to read the Bible in 52 weeks, how can you do it?
1. Decide to do it.
Make a commitment. Ask God to help you follow through. Admit it—you will never read the Bible unless you decide to do it. Believe that you really can. God wants you to, and he’ll help you!
It really only takes about 20 minutes a day. Maybe you could give up a TV show, or decide not to turn on your computer until you read your scripture. Try sipping a cup of coffee as you read.
Then there are reading plans.
This reading plan http://www.bible-reading.com/bible-plan.pdf gives you 52 weeks’ worth of readings, done thematically so that every week you read from the epistles, the Law, history, Psalms, poetry, prophecy and the Gospels. You can print it out and check off each reading as you complete it.
There are plenty of reading plans at http://www.youversion.com/reading-plans. Some plans will get you through the Bible in 90 days! You can choose your Bible version, too.
Go to http://bibleplan.org/ to have the daily readings sent to you by email.
3. Make time to do it.
Put it on your calendar or your to-do list. Pick a time and place, early in the day. I know that when I promise to do my Bible reading later, I rarely get to it. Ask God to give you insight and energy as you read.