Confession time. I’m behind on my 2010 Bible reading plan. Tsk. Tsk. To be honest, my trip to North America in the middle of the year threw me off my schedule. I found it hard getting back in gear, and I’m officially about a month behind.
Nevertheless, once I’m done reading the Bible this year, I do plan to rinse and repeat.
Reasons to Do an Annual Bible Reading Plan
- Reading the Bible is a good thing to do. If you grew up going to church, you’ve probably heard that 349,328,833,937,330,994 times. “Read your Bible, pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, grow.” Maybe it’s just because I’m a missionary, preacher, and evangelist, but I also tend to think it is a good thing to do. By reading the Bible, you invite God to add his commentary to the events of your life.
- A Bible reading plan provides structure. Some of you think that structure and Christianity are paradoxes. However, the only way I do anything in life is according to structure. I’ve tried reading my Bible and keeping a devotional schedule without any structure, and it has absolutely collapsed. However, when I know I have a goal (usually of 3 chapters), I do much better.
- It’s a discipline that helps other parts of your spiritual life. I find when I read my Bible I naturally have prayer in my heart.
Reasons not to do a Bible Reading Plan
For some people, they are completely repelled by the structure. They actually, factually don’t want to get out of the bed because they dread the prospect of reading another chapter of Numbers.
For such people, there are also a lot of good thematic reading plans and devotional books.
To get your free Bible reading plan for 2011, – [download id="20"].
The plan is in PDF format and is set up by day. You’ll need to print up the paper. Once you’ve completed a reading, simply check off the assignment for the day.
You might also be interested in the following devotional resources:
The Women’s Devotional Guide to the Bible: A One-Year Plan for Studying, Praying, and Responding to God’s Word
Couples’ Devotional Bible (NIV)
The Daily Bible® Devotional: A One-Year Journey Through God’s Word in Chronological Order