Dr. Larry Langston

Reading the Bible With Understanding

Reading the Bible is a cornerstone of Christian faith, offering wisdom, guidance, and connection with God. Yet, delving into its pages can sometimes be overwhelming or confusing. This chapter will explore how to read your Bible more effectively, focusing on understanding, applying, and cultivating a deeper relationship with God.

Approach with Humility

Proverbs 2:6 (NIV) imparts wisdom: “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Approach the Bible humbly, recognizing that God’s Word holds profound truths. Seek His wisdom as you read, allowing His Spirit to guide your understanding.

Select a Translation You Can Understand

There are numerous translations of the Bible. Those written in today’s language may be easier for new readers to grasp its meaning. The New International Version (NIV) of the Bible is one of several known for its clear and modern language, making it easier to understand, especially for those who may not be familiar with older or more complex language found in some other translations. The NIV maintains a good balance between accuracy and readability, making it an excellent choice for individuals seeking to comprehend the message of the Bible in a more straightforward manner.

Choose a Method

Consider different methods of reading the Bible. You can study it chronologically, topically, or book by book. Each approach offers unique insights into God’s message. Pray for guidance on the method that aligns with your current season of growth.

Pray for Revelation

Ephesians 1:17-18 (NIV) speaks of revelation: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you.” Pray for the Holy Spirit to illuminate the Scriptures, revealing their deeper meanings and relevance to your life.

Apply the Truth

James 1:22 (NIV) advises: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” The Bible isn’t just for knowledge; it’s for transformation. Apply its teachings to your life. Allow it to convict, comfort, and guide you in every situation.

Keep a Journal

Consider keeping a journal to record insights, reflections, and prayers as you read. Writing down your thoughts can deepen your understanding and help you track your spiritual growth.

Approaching the Bible with humility, choosing effective reading methods, praying for revelation, meditating on God’s Word, and applying its truths can lead to a deeper understanding of God’s message and a more intimate relationship with Him. As you read, let the Holy Spirit be your guide, revealing God’s truth and love in profound ways.

Prayer for Effective Bible Reading

Heavenly Father, as I delve into your Word, I come with a humble heart, seeking your wisdom, and understanding. Open my eyes to the truths you want me to uncover. Grant me the discipline to read consistently, the insight to apply your teachings, and the faith to draw closer to you through the pages of Scripture. May your Word transform my life and guide my path. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.