Jan 21

Place and Method

2010 at 4:49 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney Filed under Biblical Womanhood | Devotional Life

bible chair“Most Christians neglect their Bibles not out of conscious disloyalty to Jesus, but because of failure to plan a time and place and method to read it” John Piper

Now that we’ve talked about time, let’s consider place and method for sitting at Jesus’ feet.

What’s the best place for reading our Bible? If at all possible, pick a secluded place. A quiet place. A place where you won’t be distracted.

And prepare your place. Have all your “sitting stuff”—your Bible, journal, commentary, book, pen, highlighter, Kleenex, etc.—readily accessible. Maybe even put everything in one basket. That way you won’t have to spend the first ten minutes (like I have before) wandering around the house to collect everything!

Finally, we need a method for reading our Bible. If we don’t have a good plan for reading and studying God’s Word, we will likely become discouraged or even disinterested—which can hinder us from keeping this discipline in place.

If you don’t have a good plan or know how to create one, let me encourage you to ask a godly friend or pastor for help. But here are two links you might find useful.

Bible Reading: Justin Taylor links to ten different Bible reading plans offered by Crossway Books and other sites and gives an overview of a few of them. I personally am using the Discipleship Journal plan in my devotions.

Prayer: This website contains Matthew Henry’s method of prayer which is simply praying the Bible. This site has been a wonderful help to me in my prayer life.

I hope these simple thoughts will spur you on to develop a good plan for sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to his teaching.