Hey friend, I’m pretty sure you don’t need from me a list of reasons to read the Bible every day—because you probably already feel like you should. So instead, I’d like to share with you what has inspired me to actually WANT to read my Bible daily—the benefits to reading the Bible.
So, if you’re looking for some good motivation and inspiration to help you with how to start reading the bible —And here’s 10 benefits to reading the Bible that you actually might not have considered.
10 Benefits to Reading the Bible
You Become a Warrior.
Reading the bible daily, makes you a warrior for yourself, your marriage, and your family. As a mom, you set the tone for your family and you have a very powerful role of influence.
By reading scripture daily—you are taking a stand to turn your heart to God and His plans for you and your family. You’re letting Him renew your mind, guide you and direct your steps, and that directly impacts everything you do in life.
Life isn’t just about what you do though—it’s a battle for the hearts and minds of your family. The benefits to reading the Bible is that God’s plans and purposes are written on your heart.
You receive peace.
Spending time in God’s Word does something pretty amazing—you start to feel peace rule in your heart. This is really noticeable because life is so fast paced. It’s a great reason to read the Bible in the morning especially because it sets the tone for your day.
You get wiser.
Not only do you get wiser about life—you find purpose—what you should be doing in life. There are in the Psalms and Proverbs alone some very wise instruction for living.
And another one of the benefits to reading the bible is, that the more I read—especially in those two books—I respond to things in my own life with a better understanding.
I feel more confident to make decisions or act in certain ways because of how the Bible has described similar situations.
You don’t just wake up one day knowing these things—you grow in it. Even Jesus had to learn obedience.
You model something for your kids.
When my son wakes up in the morning and finds me reading my bible, it models something for him. And he finds me like this every day, okay, not every day. Because let’s be honest, some days he finds me in bed because he’s woke up way too early!
But most days he wakes up to me reading God’s Word.
And if he wakes up before I do, I read with him. I’m helping him to see that starting my day this way is important and it helps him to create that habit too.
This is another one of the benefits to reading the Bible every day. It trains my son for how to start reading the bible for himself.
He’s definitely not there yet, by himself. But still. It motivates me more, because I know that by doing this, my son will struggle with it less than I did in the past.
All of these are benefits to reading the bible simply because he has seen me modeling daily reading of the bible for and with him.
- It signals a habit to wake up early.
- Letting my son see me read shows him it’s important.
- Reading to him in my Bible tells him he’s important to me too.
And, when I read with him, I’ve helped him feel included. Sometimes when someone is just learning how to start reading the bible, it can make them feel isolated.
But this approach, modeling bible reading to your kids is invitational.
You become soft and strong as a woman.
There are a couple of studies and books that helped to reinforce this for me as I began to read more about my role as a woman, wife, and mom.
Like the book, Strong Women, Soft Hearts by Paula Rinehart.
But, the most important influence has been the Bible. As I read more about who God created me to be, it helped me also to understand how to love others better too. You can read more about what I mean by soft and strong in my post how to be a better wife.
You become a confidante of God.
A confidante—is a trusted friend of God. As you read God’s Word, He speaks to your heart. Sometimes it’s through a specific verse that is encouraging.
Other times I’ve sat down to pray about a specific situation that I’m facing, I’ll read scripture and literally the words will feel like they’re jumping off the page at me—giving me the exact answer to how I prayed.
God loves to speak to us—especially through His Word.
In reading Psalm 25:14, the New King James Version says,
“The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.”
Do you tell secrets to just anyone? Me neither. But God has chosen to reveal things to you.
You become a better listener.
I remember when I first started really digging more into scripture I was in a bible study with about 7 other woman. Because I had been reading more of God’s Word daily, I started listening more intently to what other people were saying about different passages in scripture.
This new interest in listening resulted in me experiencing another one of the benefits to reading the Bible for myself. I knew what was true. And it became very clear that some people who I thought were strong in their faith—didn’t really know the Bible at all.
Listening to God and Loving Others Well
This revelation about those who I thought knew the bible, was shocking to me. To make things more challenging, the one who clearly didn’t know what they were talking about, was actually the one in charge of the study.
I didn’t even know what to say.
What the leader was saying wasn’t in line with what I was reading or studying. But I didn’t feel confident enough to question what they were saying.
The leader noticed a difference in me after about 3 weeks and she called me out in front of everybody,
“Sonya, you’re really quiet, what is on your mind?”
All I could say was,
“I’m just taking more time to listen lately”.
Later, I was actually able to ask more questions, not to directly question the leader, but in a respectful way to discuss what was in the Bible and what was not. Still revealing another one of the benefits to reading the Bible daily—learning to love those around me well.
In addition, I started to really listen more in all conversations to not what was being said, but listening to the hearts of people as they spoke.
God becomes real.
One of the most surprising benefits to reading the bible is that suddenly it’s almost like God really becomes real—to you specifically.
He’s not just there…He is tangibly showing up in your life.
What do I mean?
You start to see how He’s working specifically in your life—and in others’ lives. He shows up through our circumstances, our relationships, and in other ways we don’t expect.
Like when we’re a mess in the grocery store and one of your friends shows up just at the right time to encourage you. It’s not a coincidence, God wants you to know, He sees you and cares for you.
The Bible becomes something you crave.
The more you read God’s Word, the more you truly recognize you need to read it. It’s not just a good book to read—but you really crave it—and you really miss it when you don’t read.
The funny thing is, you start to notice too how reading the Word impacts your day and your relationships. (My husband totally can tell if I’ve missed time reading my Bible.)
For me, I have less patience, or attentiveness towards those I love—all because I miss time in God’s Word. The craving, the peace, and the patience are all benefits to reading the bible.
You start to know your faith and live it out.
You start to know your faith and live your faith. Instead of just remembering bible stories or things that others have said, the Word really starts to come alive for you. It starts to transform your thoughts and guide your steps for everyday living.
But I don’t have enough time!
After reading all of these benefits to reading the bible, did any of these surprise you? I hope that they’ve been an encouragement in a new way.
And…I want you to know, I do really know how you’re feeling. That wrestle in your heart with…you know you should read every day but…
You don’t have enough time.
What’s a girl to do?
I was there too at one point. I know how you feel and it all changed for me that now I make time to read the bible every day.
Maybe part of it…is also that you just don’t quite know how to start reading the bible. So, let’s talk about how you can get started.
How to Start Reading the Bible PDF
So really what is the best way for how to start reading the bible? I mean you heard me tell you the story of my bible study leader who ended up not knowing scripture…is there a wrong way and a right way to start?
Well, I asked this question once too. And, sometimes I find that we tend to ask the wrong question. I’ve totally done this lots of times!!
Honestly, it’s not really about right or wrong ways for how to start reading the bible.
It’s really that we just start.
To help you, here’s a PDF with my daily strategy for reading the Bible and integrating it into my entire day. So instead of just “doing devotions”—I’m actually living my faith. It’s all in my How to Grow a Proactive Faith Guide.
Secondly, when you make the decision to start—the Holy Spirit will guide you each step of the way. For me, as I intentionally started reading the Bible daily, the Holy Spirit helped me to take control of my self–defeating, limiting beliefs about not having enough time to read the bible.
In turn, I had to simply pray about it.
With God’s help and help from those who were actually reading scripture daily, after awhile I was able to see the real reason why reading the bible daily was such a struggle for me.
I was in a bigger battle. And you are too.
There’s a whole lot more going on when you’re learning how to start reading the bible. It’ more than just opening up a book to read every day. It’s really not just about “doing devotions” or the how—how to start reading the bible—at all. It’s about your heart turned toward Him.
So with all of that in mind, I don’t want you to miss one word that God speaks. If you really want to know how to start reading the Bible—one way to start is with prayer.
A Prayer For Reading the Bible Daily
And if you don’t know how to start reading the bible, or know what to pray, here is a prayer for you. You can simply read it—to help you read the bible daily.
Father, you know my heart.
I know that I should be reading your Word daily, please turn that knowing into a craving for your Word.
Help me, God, to experience reading your Word in a way that helps me to see that I NEED it so that I’ll be able to withstand the schemes of the enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
Lord, please help me to know how to start reading the bible—daily—for your good and perfect will to take place in my life (Proverbs 16:9). Help me to experience the benefits to reading the bible in a way that are very tangible to me.
God I pray that you will enable me to set aside just 15 minutes each morning, before my children wake up, for a quiet time with you.
I pray that you will wake me up by the power of your Holy Spirit, that you will guard my time, and guide my heart.
Father I long to know you more deeply.
As I turn my heart to you and seek you first, please bless this prayer, and help me to be like a tree firmly planted by streams of living water (Psalm 1). Amen.
God Speaks to Me When I Read the Bible
Although I’ve talked about the challenges in knowing how to start reading the bible, I do really want to encourage you with one last benefit. So, in closing, I want to share with you something really powerful that I regularly experience.
God speaks to me when I read the Bible.
This is one of the best benefits to reading the bible that I’ve ever experienced! And I want you to be able to experience this too.
Although I’ve been inspired by the benefits to reading the bible, and I’ve shared a few reasons why it’s so hard—like not knowing how to start reading the bible.
Here’s more of what God has shown me that you might be able to relate to as well.
- There are times when honestly, it’s me being stubborn.
- Sometimes it’s my circumstances.
- Satan is preventing me from growing in my faith.
- Other times my thoughts feel like a distraction—but they’re not.
I really want to encourage you with that last one—when your thoughts feel like a distraction—sometimes they’re actually related to how God wants to speak to you.
This past week, I was reading through the bible—when my thoughts drifted to all I have to do for the day and that if I spent any more time reading then I’d run out of time.
Did you see that—”I don’t have enough time” thought still shows up for me.
Here’s what happened.
I was reading my church’s lent guide, the following passages. (It’s important to note: I didn’t choose these passages.)
My thoughts were distracting me to do more important things, but as I persevered and read the passages, I realized those very passages demonstrated how Satan was doing the same things to Jesus.
These passages I was reading were exactly what I was experiencing.
My thoughts sounded like this,
“Sonya, you don’t have enough time to read the Bible so much today. You have other things that have to get done and you don’t have much time.”
Girl, as I read through these passages, what Satan was saying to Jesus and the thoughts I were struggling with were so strikingly similar!!
The benefits to reading the bible—I immediately knew that these distractions were not God speaking to me (John 10:27–30). And because I hadn’t chosen these passages—I knew it wasn’t me just “making things up”. I didn’t question, “Did I hear God wrong?”.
But think about it this way.
What if I hadn’t read those passages?
Would I have battled those thoughts all day, wondering what I should do for the day?
The point is, that the more you read the scriptures, you start to see how God speaks to your specific situation. You also more clearly know God’s voice.
As a Christian, because of Jesus, you have the Holy Spirit in you. And God speaks to us by the Holy Spirit as we read the scriptures.
A Simple Bible Reading Exercise
Not sure you’ve experienced the Holy Spirit speaking to you specifically before?
I invite you to do this simple exercise right now.
If you’re still wondering how to start reading your bible—do this. Remember, all you have to do is start. So start by just reading these passages today.
Worried about time? It’ll just take 15 minutes.
This is all I did, and you can do it too.
- Make sure that you have a quiet space with no distractions so that you can quiet your heart and calm your mind.
- Pray and ask the Lord to speak through these passages—read through all of them in one sitting.
- Take notice what verse or set of verses stand out to you. Is there an impression that comes to your mind when you read these verses that speak directly to your heart?
- Set aside time to write these things down in a journal.
If you took the time to read through the passages I mentioned, what verses stood out to you? Did God speak to your heart with something that surprised you?
Please share your thoughts and comments!
Did you find that these benefits inspired you to open His Word? Did you learn how to start reading the bible today—for yourself? If not, make sure you grab my How to Grow a Proactive Faith Guide.