There are lots of posts on Facebook of folks getting started with B90X and 21Days of Prayer and Fasting. You can’t imagine how much this blesses my soul.
In regards to reading through the Bible cover to cover in 90 days, a few thoughts ruminated through my head.
1. Before you start reading each day, pray Psalm 119:18 out-loud before you start- “Father, open my eyes, that I may see the wonderful things in your law.” Watch what Father does in your reading time as you see things you have never seen before!
2. Stick to a version of the Bible you know you can read easily. If you have never undertaken this challenge, grab something readable like the NIV, the Contemporary English Version, or The Message. Those are written with the intent of the text flowing easily in thought for thought translations.
3. Really try and read every word. I know that it is tempting to skip some things. However, the goal is to read every one of God’s words written to us in scripture. They are all there for a reason.
4. Just read. Don’t stop. I know it will be tempting to what to know about Abimelech, fight the temptation. You can do that another time. The idea now is to stay focused, stay on track, and not get behind. Once you stray, it will take longer to read, you will fall behind, and get discouraged and stop. Just read. Discipline yourself to read through every day. It will bless your soul, I promise.
5. Regarding the above statement, I have chosen to read the Complete Jewish Bible. Rather than read a version I have done before, I took the challenge one step further. So far all the names in the OT are written out in Hebrew transliteration. I love to try and pronounce each and every name, but I have to just run over it without stopping. It is about completing the task in a timely and encouraging manner.
6. I will be praying for our CRBC family and friends believing you will finish the race. No one will cut in on you. No one will distract you. No one or thing will get in the way. If you find yourself struggling, please let me know personally, so I can pray for you by name specifically.
Lastly, this is not about a feather in the cap, a jewel in the crown, or a notch on handle, it is about knowing our Heavenly Father. These are his words to us, so that we can know his nature and character better.