Having trouble staying focused?
If you find it difficult to focus while reading the Bible, try spending ten minutes on this exercise before you begin your reading:
STEP ONE: WRITE DOWN
Write down what's on your mind. It might be a checklist of things you need to accomplish for the day. It might be a worry or concern for yourself or someone else. When you are more aware of what's on your mind, you are more open to God speaking into it.
STEP TWO: THINK BACK
Think back to some sins you have been wrestling with. What areas of your life do you need to improve on? Be open and honest on the things that trouble you as you confess these sins to God. After you confess your sins, meditate on how God freely forgives you for the sake of Jesus. No sin is too big for him.
STEP THREE: LOOK AHEAD
Look ahead to the next day. What areas of life do you need God's guidance in? What gift of the Spirit do you need the most help with? Where are you seeking his voice? Be open to him guiding you, even if it's in an area you aren't expecting.
STEP FOUR: READ SCRIPTURE
Now you are ready! You have a loving Father in heaven who knows what's on your mind, who loves you unconditionally, and who wants to speak into your life. Seek out his voice in the Bible reading assigned for the day.