Try to read your Bible at the same time every day. This means that it becomes a habit and you don’t find yourself too busy to find time to do it. If you set aside a time, say first thing in the morning or last thing at night to read your Bible, you will find that it becomes part of your daily life.
Try to always read sitting in the same place. Although it is comfortable reading in bed, be careful that you don’t find yourself wanting to sleep instead of reading. Try to find a place where you feel comfortable and always use that place. This creates a feeling where every time you sit down to read in that place, you get “in the mood” for Bible reading.
Try to read from many different parts of the Bible each day. Decide how many chapters you are going to read every day and then divide the Bible up into that number of sections. Then read just one chapter from each section every day. Tick off each chapter as you read it. It will give you a track to run on and make your reading more interesting.
Keep a notebook and pen with you as you read. Do not keep any reference books – these might be useful for study, but you are reading, not studying. When you see something in a passage that seems to stand out or interest you, then make a note of it in your notebook. This includes something you see in the passage as well as any questions you might have.
Try to put yourself into the passage as you read it. If you are reading a historical account, try to imagine that you are there. Imagine that you are one of the people you are reading about and try to visualize how they felt, what they saw etc. Otherwise, try to use your senses as you read. What can you see, hear, feel, taste, smell? You will find it much easier to remember what you read when you do this.
Before you read, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and guide you. If you come to a passage that you do not understand, do the same. Remember that the Holy Spirit speaks through impressions from your own spirit, so when you pray do not ignore the pictures that come into your mind. They might be His way of opening things to you.
When you are finished reading your chapters for the day, go back to the notes you made and re-read some of the passages that stood out and which you made a note of. If you found a great promise from God that you would like to hang onto, then write the verse out on a card and carry it with you the rest of the day. You can look at it and think about it every time you are taking a break, doing nothing, or waiting for something.