1. Read the Scriptures regularly through. Read, alternately, portions from the Old and New Testaments. Begin at the beginning of each. Mark where you leave off, and begin there the next time. When you have finished each Testament, begin it again.
2. Read with prayer. You cannot by your own wisdom understand the Word of God. In all of your reading of the Scriptures, seek carefully the help of the Holy Spirit. Ask for Jesus' sake that He will enlighten you.
3. Read with meditation. Ponder over what you read. The truth is thus applied to your heart. You see new and deeper meanings. It is better to think over a little than merely to read a great deal!
4. Read with reference to yourself. Never read only with a view to instructing others, but for your own teaching. Receive blessings yourself first, and you will communicate it to others. Always ask yourself, "How does this affect me?"
5. Read with faith. Not as statements which you may believe or not, but as the revealed Word of God. Receive every word as true, with simple, childlike trust. Rest upon the promises. Read them as made for you.
6. Read in order to carry into practice. We must accept His Word as being the revelation of His Will. In it He tells us what to be and what to do. He expects us to be "obedient children" (1 Peter 1:14)