Daily reading of the Bible is very important if we are to hold on to what we have been given by the sacrifices of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; ~ Hebrews 2:1-3
I realize many Christians think there is not enough time in the day to read a few chapters in the Bible, but if we are honest it boils down to a matter of priority. We are constantly setting priorities on a daily basis deciding what will get done when and what we will leave for another day. Meaning well, many of us tell ourselves we will do better and start reading the Bible more but it soon gets pushed aside for a day, then two, and soon it has been a week and then we are feeling guilty. We do the same with prayer. If we are to succeed we must evaluate our lives, our time, our priorities and our heart. There is nothing in this world as important as our Salvation, our walk with Christ and our daily activities should reflect that.
Years ago I made a vow to God that I would read a minimum of three chapters a day and I did that faithfully for years. Then several years ago I fell away for two years. I felt guilty every day but I learned how easy it is to fall away from our vows and how hard it is to come back. In spite of that I did come back about nine years ago and have only missed four or five days since then. I learned also that if I am going to have to be off schedule that day (early appointment, emergency, etc.) to place my Bible in a chair or some place unusual as a reminder. Something I find to be a big help is keeping a journal of my reading. I am on page ninety-three in my latest spiral notebook and I enter the date, day, time, and the book and chapters read. Then I go back to the margin and enter how many chapters were read and an arrow in the margin denotes a new book was started. I have a separate notebook that I enter notes into. Amazing how many times over the years we can read a passage and go right on but then one day the Lord just lifts the verses up as if in a magnifying glass and shows us a deeper understanding or how it ties in with another passage somewhere else. This past November 2015 I increased my minimum from three chapters to four and I very often read more, but this is the minimum I have promised the Lord.
Please understand I am not touting myself as something special, but only hoping to encourage others for there is great reward and growth when we are faithful to read the Word God has provided for us. It is even our duty as a Christian to be absorbing more of His Word than we do of the world and its things.
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. ~ Luke 17:10
Folks, the devil will cause you to forget to read your Bible, he will throw phone calls at you, make you aware of the clock, he will cause hunger pains, and allergy attacks and dozens more things in an attempt to cause you to give up and close your Bible. If we do not have a determined heart and the power of the Holy Spirit we will hand him a victory and possibly our soul. Don’t do it. When the attack is persistent and hard, read the Word of God out loud until the devil flees. Actually anytime is a good time to read the Word of God out loud. It brings encouragement and power and a refreshing of the spirit of man. Of course we should never begin reading our Bible without praying first and asking the Lord to help us in our understanding. We can always stop our reading at any time and pray for help or understanding or any other need we have, and then continue our reading for our benefit and for Gods glory.