Maybe you find Bible reading difficult? Someone recently said to me: ‘I feel guilty for not reading it more but when I do I don’t really get anything out of it.’ I can understand that, but it’s like being on a diet and after the first day saying, I don’t feel any different so what’s the point? I recommend people start by creating a habit of spending 15 minutes a day in reading and studying God’s word, maybe just a chapter a day. Not to try and get through it but to try and get out of it! Look for God on every page, then look for yourself on the same page and ask, how is this applicable to me today, what is God saying to me? – It’s much better to reflect and mull over a single verse than to speed read and not absorb anything. Martin Luther said studying the Bible was like picking apples. First you shake the trunk, then you shake the limb, then you shake the branch, then you shake the twig, then you look under every leaf. There is no other book in the whole world like it. You can read the same Bible verse a dozen times, and get a dozen different insights. That’s because it’s God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). – R. Ian Seymour

R. Ian Seymour, Empowered Personal Evangelism, Weybridge: New Wine Press (2014), p.94