How to get past a Bible reading slump

Are you experiencing a Bible reading slump? Have you been struggling to read the Bible lately? Is your Bible gathering dust on your table because you aren’t finding any inspiration to read it?

Five ways to reset from a Bible reading slump

If you’ve lost your motivation for reading the Bible or no longer get excited about your quiet time with God, then here are five easy ways to reset.


Unconfessed sin is possibly the biggest obstacle to engagement with God’s Word. To receive God’s Word, you’ve got to “throw all the spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage” so that “our gardener, God,” can “landscape you with the Word” James 1:21 (MSG).

Start by praying Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.


Bible engagement sometimes comes to a grinding halt when we’re not accountable to others. “Two are better than one” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIV). So, find someone who will journey with you and, at least weekly, chat about your Bible reading and reflections.

Check out “Reading the Bible With Others” for more tips and resources.


Journaling helps with a Bible reading slump


When we put pen to paper, it often jogs our hearts and minds in ways that form and transform us. Jot down one or two sentences that capture the essence of your daily encounters with Jesus in His Word.

Here are some suggestions.
• Write a verse, word, or phrase that stood out to you and explore why it stood out.
• Use the prompt/prayer/question in the respond section of the SU Bible Reading Guide as a starter
• Write down what the passage reveals to you about God and then yourself.


Prayer comes alive when it’s infused with the Word, and the Word comes alive when it’s accompanied by prayer. As you read God’s Word, use the passages words, phrases, or themes to guide, shape and give language to your conversations with God.

Read our blog post on praying Scripture.


When we obey God’s Word, it comes alive to us, and we come alive to it! Every time we read God’s Word, we must ask ourselves, “What does God want me to do with His Word today?” And then, we must ask Him to help us do what He’s directing us to do.

There you have it. Don’t be backward in coming forward! If you’re in a slump, implement these five simple tweaks, trust the Lord, do nothing in your own strength, and see your Bible engagement reach new heights.


Need help? Check out our Bible Reading Guides to help you discover meaningful Bible time!


Related Posts: Reading the Bible With Others,   10 Tips to Help You Read the Bible More  The Power of Praying Scripture

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