A couple of weeks ago, I finished my fourth read-through of the Bible. These daily readings were my primary form of daily devotions. I read four chapters out loud, and then prayed. But I have concluded that this method is no longer adequate. It was effective for immersing myself in Scripture, but now I need something more concentrated. I've been reading through the Bible too quickly for it to have as much impact as it can. So this is what I've been doing lately:
1. Find a quiet place and pray the Bible study prayer of Bede.
2. Read one chapter out of my study Bible out loud.
3. Look up relevant materials to that chapter in a Bible dictionary that I have.
4. Read the chapter outloud again, letting the Scriptures sink deeper into me.
I'm going to replace the Bible dictionary with a good commentary as soon as I can find one appropriate for my purposes. It also has to be available for checkout at my seminary library, which narrows down the list considerably. I'm cerebral enough as it is, and need something more spiritually formative than a dictionary.