As you read God’s Word, He will often use verses and passages to push you into action. Think of it as active Bible study. You’ll see how you’ve fallen short of His standards, a need to pray, or a promise to claim as your own. Here are five ways to respond to what you’re reading.
You’ll never run out of reasons to praise God (if you tried, you could probably write out a long list right now). And the more you read the Bible, the more reasons you’ll find. When you read about His grace, don’t miss the opportunity to praise Him for it. Good for you.
God pours out the promises for those who follow Jesus. Each time you come across a promise, be sure to highlight it or write it down. That way, when you face difficult times, you’ll have God’s promises right at hand. You’re going to need them.
Sometimes, we just need to stop and reflect on what the Bible teaches and how we’re living our lives. Are we living the life Christ called us to? Are we straying into the errors that Scripture points out? What does this passage say about who God is?
In the letter James wrote, he explains an important part of reading Scripture: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (1:22). God’s Word helps us see the areas where we need to make a course correction. Don’t brush it off. God will help you overcome.
Quite a bit of God’s Word is dedicated to prayer. Whenever you run across a passage that cries out to God, let that passage be your prayer, too. Even passages that aren’t explicitly prayers can help as you talk to God. Think of them as prayer starters.
Whatever you do, just be sure to make reading the Bible more than a spectator sport. Respond to the words through confession, praise, belief, reflection, correction, and prayer.