How to Study Your Bible in 15 minutes a Day

I’ve shared in the past about the importance of reading the Bible and various Bible study methods that can be used to focus our study time. Today, we’ll be talking about how to study your Bible in 15 minutes a day.

This article reinforces relationship over religion and provides practical steps on how to study your Bible in 15 minutes a day.

I have been reading the book Bible Study Methods by Rick Warren and I came across something interesting recently:

“How often should you study the Bible? The answer will vary from person to person, but an important factor to keep in mind is the distinction between your quiet time and your Bible study time. You should have a quiet time every day. It is usually a short devotional period (10-30 minutes) in which you read the Bible, meditate for a few minutes on what you have read, and have a time of prayer. The purpose of your quiet time is to have fellowship with Jesus Christ. You should not try to do in-depth Bible study during your quiet time.” – Rick Warren

I personally never used to distinguish between my devotional time and Bible Study time; they always meant the same thing to me. Even after reading this, the structure of my quiet hasn’t changed that much and I’m pretty sure it’s because I have always been about quality over quantity when it comes to reading my Bible.

However, I do believe that we sometimes avoid spending daily time with God because we believe it “requires too much time” or is “too much work”. We wake up in a rush and can’t be bothered to start out the day with spending time with God because we have so many other things to do.

Here’s the thing friend, I also that our day and our mindset through the day is drastically different when we start with a few minutes in His presence. So, one thing that did resonate with me after reading that passage was the reinforcement of relationship over religion.

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That message from Pastor Rick helps to lift some of the “burdens” and “roadblocks” that come with the idea of spending time with God in the morning when we realize that it’s really all about being in his presence, and not becoming a Bible scholar (there’s nothing wrong with being a Bible scholar though).


Try this method with the 3 weeks in Ephesians Bible Study Plan

This article reinforces relationship over religion and provides practical steps on how to study your Bible in 15 minutes a day.


I use Bible Study and Quiet Time interchangeably in this post and on this blog. But if it helps you to delineate the differences between the two based on that passage from Pastor Rick, please, feel free to do so.

With any other habit formation process, there’s power in starting small/slow. The goals behind this post are to reinforce the idea that there are no rules to time with God; it’s about a relationship, not a religion. And to lift some of the pressure/burdens from you. Let’s dig in.

How to Study Your Bible in 15 Minutes a Day

Start in Prayer – 1 Minute

Pray for 1 minute to center your mind. I share a prayer before you read the Bible here that can help guide you towards asking the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your heart to better understand God’s word and receive a message from Him.

Read a Section – 5 Minutes

If it will not serve as a distraction and you’re really on a time crunch, you may choose to use a timer during this process. After praying, you’ll want to read a few verses – seriously! Just a few. All the Bible Study Plans in the Holistic Health are designed for this time of Bible study.

You’ll find yourself reading at most, 10 verses in one day. Through this process, it takes 5 months to get through the book of Matthew in the Holistic Plan. This might seem weird but reading a few verses at a time forces you to slow down and really think about what you’re reading.

It encourages quality over quantity.

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Read Again – 4 minutes

After reading your verses for the day, go back and read that section again while meditating on what you’ve read. Meditate on what you’ve read for 4 minutes. During this time, you can think about how what you’ve read applies to your life, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal a lesson from what you’ve read to you.

Think about practical life changes that might need to happen based on what you’ve learned. Thoughts from this time are things you can keep thinking about during those white spaces in your day when you’re not actively engaged in other activities.

If you like, you can also take some notes/journal while you are meditating.


Try this method with the 3 weeks in Ephesians Bible Study Plan

This article reinforces relationship over religion and provides practical steps on how to study your Bible in 15 minutes a day.


Pray Again – 5 minutes

Spend more time in prayer, this time with a focus on asking for the help of the Spirit in applying what you learned to your life. Pray for your day, loved ones and so on. If you’re ever at a loss for who or what to pray for, you might want to check out Simplifying Prayer.

And there you have it! 15 minutes in His presence, be aware of how you feel through the day and repeat the next day.

I’ll repeat this – there are no rules to time with God; it’s about a relationship, not a religion. And I pray that you read this and hopefully try it, you’ll feel some pressure and burden lifted from your shoulders.

Start the Conversation! Do you plan to try this? If yes, please leave a comment below and let’s chat. Also, how do you like to spend your quiet time?


This article reinforces relationship over religion and provides practical steps on how to study your Bible in 15 minutes a day.

  • uju echebiri

    Yes. Thank you.