You might wonder; how do I begin to study the Word of God? What do I need? There are three “basic” requirements for daily Bible study as I see it:
1. You need a definite time and place. Many Christians favor an early-morning devotional time. Some say Jesus set this example when He “rising up a great while before day… departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” Mark 1:35. If it is possible for you to have your devotional time early in the morning, this is certainly the best way to begin your day. But you need to be realistic.
If you are one of those people who get up at 7:00, but wake up at 10:00, then you would be better off to choose another time, later in the day. The important thing is that you choose a time and then include that time in every day’s activities. Consider it your daily appointment with God.
The place you choose is also important. To really be able to concentrate on the Word, you should be alone in a quiet place. Get away from the TV, radio, cell phone, ipod, and other people. If you live in a small house with a big family it may be difficult to find a secluded place. Just remember that God knows all about your situation, and if you seriously want to have consistent, daily devotions, God will help you determine the best time and the best place.
2. You need a good Bible. Don’t make the mistake of trying to read one of those “world’s smallest” Bibles during your devotional time. This is one sure way to lose interest (and possibly fall asleep). Make sure you use a Bible with printing large enough for easy reading. Help yourself by finding a good KJV Bible that “fits you.” Find a Bible that you love! Example the size, weight, margins, font size, color, Bible study notes, etc. Fall in love with your Bible.
3. You need a journal or notebook. This is used to briefly record your discoveries in the Word each day. It will be a sort of spiritual diary. For easier handling, the size and shape of this journal should be similar to that of your Bible. Carry your journal with your Bible to church and thus you can use to take notes from your pastor or the special speaker. Be willing to grow in your faith; therefore, utilize tools that accommodate this desire!