4 Helpful Bible Study Tips
The 4 Ps
Prayer is the first step to Bible study. First, pray about what God would like you to study. Surround your study time with prayer before and after each Bible study time.
Plan is about gathering what supplies will be needed. Where will you keep your Bible study book and any other items for the study? I would suggest that these things be kept in plain view at least until you have developed a solid habit of study. If your materials need to be portable you could put everything in a tote bag to carry with you. Planning is also needed to decide on a specific time each day that you will spend on the study. Establish a certain time because otherwise, it will be very difficult to develop consistent study.
Place is deciding on a particular spot where you will usually do your Bible study. It should be a place where you are comfortable and undisturbed if possible. You might need or want to be flexible about the place. If the weather is pleasant you might want to go outside for Bible study.
Persistence is so very important. If you enthusiastically start your Bible study but then fail to finish for whatever reason, don’t give up Bible study! It is not easy to establish this wonderful practice of consistent study. Ask yourself some questions to find out how you can improve your experience. Was it the right study for you? Did you follow the tips – Pray-Plan-Place-Persistence?
Don’t add another P for
perfect to the list of tips. It’s not about doing everything perfectly or like someone else. Please don’t give up. It might be difficult to get the habit established but so very worthwhile!