Step-by-step Bible Study
There is no method that is perfect. Each one has its benefits and meets the needs of different people. Don’t be afraid to try different ways of study. You will find one or two that work well for you. Don’t be intimidated by how others do their study of the Bible. If you find it dull and boring at first, that is normal. It is only when you pray beforehand and ask the Lord to give you insights into what you are reading that it becomes alive and exciting. If you are not a studious person at all, don’t like to read, or have trouble reading, you can always get an audible version of the Bible and listen to it.
I have an app on my cell phone, also some CDs of the Bible. You can even have it on while washing dishes, working on your lawnmower, etc. You do not have to sit quietly and listen. After a while using the listening method you chose, you will find yourself wanting to go to a quiet place, with pen and paper as the Lord starts talking to you individually. You can even record that conversation also. I have an audio recorder on my cell phone. Whenever I am praying or studying something that really speaks to me, I will turn that recorder on and speak my prayer and response to God. When I have listened to that conversation later, it helped me to understand more of what God was saying to me personally.
In other words, take your time getting into a rhythm of study, you will find a settled place and start enjoying it. My personal study habits have changed over the years. Sometimes I will spend intense hours in a deeper study over a subject. Sometimes, it is just hearing the Word of God spoken to me audibly. Sometimes it is in a Bible study with others, which can really get interesting! Whatever method you use, just keep going. Consistent study produces the fruit of a life lived for Jesus.
Start with baby steps, try again and again until you get it. Then allow the Lord to increase your hunger for the Word of God. It will come in some really surprising ways. Enjoy the journey, don’t allow yourself to get frustrated and give up. You can do it! You can truthfully develop a relationship with Jesus through His Word.