There are several reading plans that break the daily readings up into sections with a portion of the Old Testament, New Testament, and the Psalms and possibly Proverbs being read every day. These plans can also be further subdivided into plans that are read five or seven days a week. Some of these plans also take the reader through the New Testament or the Wisdom Literature more than once.
The Ligonier website has a great a great list of plans that include pdfs, and in some cases, an app that you can use to track your reading. Biblica has a 365-day reading plan that includes an RSS feed if you prefer to have a reminder. Lastly, biblestudytools.com has an assortment of reading plans with different areas of focus.
The biblestudytools.com also has these great tips to encourage and help you as you read through the Bible:
- Start reading the Bible today — there is no better time, and there’s no reason to wait.
- Set aside a specific time each day. Set your schedule and then stick to it. Mornings are great, but feel free to use any time that works consistently for you.
- Read the Bible for the sake of learning, not simply to accomplish your next reading. Say a short prayer to God before you begin, asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding, then be refreshed by the words you read!
I think these tips make a great point. If someone were to ask me which was the best plan, I would give the same answer that I give when I’m asked which version of the Bible is the best. The answer is, whichever one you are going to read. If you are struggling with one plan, stop and try a different one. It is more important to be spending time reading God’s Word than to make sure it is done in 365 days.
Even if it isn’t January 1, there is no better time to begin a reading plan!
I would love to hear your comments, suggestions, and experiences in the comments section.