Prayer is a spiritual discipline that most Christians are familiar with but most of us are frustrated with at times. Why don’t Christians pray more? We don’t know how. If you didn’t grow up in church, or even if you did, praying can be incredibly intimidating, especially if you grew up in a formal church where the pastor […]
Even if you’re not a church person, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to know that a great way to grow in your faith is to dig into Scripture and read your Bibles. It’s not like this is some big secret. And it’s not that no one has access to Scripture. We’ve got it on our smartphones. Everyone in America has access. So why don’t we read Scripture more?
1. We don’t make the time. We are busy people. Sure we have the Bible on our smartphones, but we also have all of our social media apps on our smartphones, and what app gets opened first? Many of us know we need to get into God’s Word, and we’ll do it as soon as we have the time, but in today’s age, there’s no free time. We have to make time.
2. We don’t know how to dig into Scripture. Some us feel lost. Maybe you didn’t grow up in church or in a religious environment. So you started reading your Bible at the beginning, which makes sense. Genesis was good, lots of stories. Exodus was fine, got a little sluggish at the end. Then you got to Leviticus, the third book in the Bible. That is the graveyard for most people trying to read the Bible from cover to cover. All of these laws, most of them don’t seem relevant. Where do you start? What do you read? Many people just don’t know how to dig into Scripture.
3. We don’t appreciate the value and beauty of Scripture. That’s not on you, that’s on me. That’s on me and everyone else who teaches Scripture. Too many Christians see the Bible as boring or irrelevant, and nothing they’ve heard from preachers and teachers has changed their mind. How many of you have sat through a boring message or sermon and you’ve struggled through it? Teachers of the Bible must do a better job capturing and conveying the value and beauty of Scripture to those we teach.