Time: Here are three practical suggestions for consistent success in Bible reading. First, find the time. In our culture, the default response to, “How are you?” is usually either, “Busy,” “So busy,” or “Crazy busy” . Yet it only takes about 90 hours to read through the Bible. This means that if we replace our average daily television watching, which Nielsen reports is 4 hours and 39 minutes , with Bible reading, we could read the entire Bible in less than 3 weeks.
It helps to set aside the same time every day. In fact, seeking God in the morning may solve our busyness problem. In What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, Laura Vanderkam writes, “The madness of mornings is a key reason most of us believe we have no time” . As the Psalmist sang, “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words. My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise” .
Plan: Second, find a Bible-reading plan. One feature of 843 Acres is that it follows the well-known and well-respected M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan, which has been recommended by John Stott, Charles Spurgeon and Ravi Zacharias. Over the course of one year, we read through the entire New Testament, the Psalms, the Proverbs and half of the Old Testament.
Meditate: Finally, find at least one word, phrase or verse on which to meditate each time you read. In each 843 Acres reflection, we feature a “Highlighted Text” and include it in full in italics within the reflection itself. We do this because we know that, even with a good plan, Bible reading can be a chore instead of a discipline of joy. We want our readers to think deeply about at least one thing they have read so that they can meditate on it throughout the day.
Prayer: Lord, We need the instruction, guidance and encouragement of the Word every day because we face problems, temptations and pressures every day. We need to seek your face, hear your voice, feel your touch and know your power daily. Therefore, help us to set ourselves in the way of gospel allurement by reading the Bible daily. Amen.
Audio: Bible Listening (6.33 minutes)
If you would like to hear audio versions of these passages read by Max McLean, click here for Hosea 5 (2.13 minutes) and here for Hosea 6 (1.26 minutes) and here for Psalm 119:145-76 (2.54 minutes, starts at 12.48 and ends at 15.42).
 See Tim Kreider. The “Busy” Trap. The New York Times. Opinion Pages. 30 June 2012. |  Brian Stelter. “Youths Are Watching, but Less Often on TV.” The New York Times. 8 February 2012. |  Vanderkam, Laura (2012-06-12). What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings–and Life (Kindle Location 96). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition. |  Psalm 119:147-148 ESV