Reading the Bible is critical to your spiritual growth. The Word of God is our daily bread, and without it you’ll turn into a weak and ineffective Christian.

So it’s crucial to spend quality time in the Bible every day. read the bible To improve your Bible reading, make sure you avoid these 3 big mistakes.

Bible Reading Mistake #1 – Not praying before reading.

Perhaps you are so wanting to get into the Word, you forget to ask God for help to understand what you are about to read. This is an easy task to do.

What to do instead: Enter the habit of praying before reading.

Your prayer doesn’t have to be long or fancy. Here is a good one to start with — Psalm 119:18 simply says “Open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your law.”

Isn’t a great prayer? Why not make it your own.

You have two sets of eyes – one is physical and another is spiritual. And we need God’s help to focus our spiritual eyes so we are able to “see” (understand) His truth. Amen?

Bible Reading Mistake #2 – Not actually reading the Bible.

Here’s a question that may seem a bit strange: When you sit down to read the Bible, are you reading the Bible? Or are you currently reading a devotional book instead?

Now do not get me wrong – I’m all for reading good books about the Bible. But an excellent devotional is no substitute for the Bible itself.

What to do instead: Be sure to are hanging out actually reading the Bible!

A true believer has a love for the Word that compels him/her to hunger and thirst for God’s truth.

Again, it’s OK to read Bible study guides and commentaries and other books about spiritual growth. You can find so many good ones on the market! But do not forget to simply open the Book and browse the Bible every day.

Reality Check – Are you experiencing an appetite for God’s Word? Or even, ask God to give it to you. He’d love to do that for you!

Bible Reading Mistake #3 – Random reading of favorite verses only.

When you browse the Bible, how do you start it? Do you have a small number of favorite verses or passages that you tend to read repeatedly?

Please don’t limit yourself to familiar passages. You are really short-changing yourself should you choose. God wrote the Bible in order that we would read all of it!

What to do instead: Read the Bible one book at a time.

Don’t forget that the Bible is really a book of books. There are 66 books in the Bible, and each is portion of the One Story that God is telling us.

But each book can be a whole story or message in and of itself, and each book was written to be read in its entirety, and even in one sitting (like the shorter books of the New Testament written by Paul, Peter, James and John).

So I encourage you to read one book at a time, each one of these in its entirety. One particular method is to go through the 27 New Testament books, one by one. In the event that you read a chapter a day, it will take about 9 months. If you read 3 chapters each day, it will require 3 months.

So set a goal to read the entire New Testament within a certain time frame. Wouldn’t that be cool?

And you’ll cultivate a love for God’s Word that may have life-changing results. For as you spend quality time in the term, you’re spending quality time with the Creator of the universe, and you’ll find yourself swept up in the wonder of His love demonstrated through His Son Jesus.