How to Study the Bible For Yourself: Part 5 Daily Bread Method

This week we are going to learn about the Daily Bread Method of studying the Bible. I have only used this method once and I liked it. It is defiantly more in depth than some of the studies that we have looked at. When you try this study method, make sure you have plenty of time to dig into it fully! It will be very beneficial when you do!

This method comes from the passage in Matthew 6. The disciples ask Jesus how they should pray. This is were we get the Lord’s Pray. In the pray that Jesus models to them, He prays “give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11)”. Jesus tells us to pray for our daily bread. I believe that He isn’t just telling us to ask God to provide food, which we should trust God to do, but I believe that God wants us to pray that He will fill us up with His word daily. Jesus quotes Deuteronomy when Satan is tempting Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus was fasting for 40 day and Satan tempted Him by saying that if He were actually the Son of God, then Jesus could simply turn the rocks into bread. Jesus replies by saying “it is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matthew 4:4)”. Jesus explains that having your daily food needs met are not nearly as important as having your daily spiritual food needs met. Whether or not you use this method to study the Bible or not, having some sort of daily time in God’s word is so important; Jesus says that it is just as important as eating.

Daily Bread Method

#1. Choose your Passage:

I have said it in other posts, but I would highly suggest having some sort of systematic way you study the scriptures. Starting at the beginning of a chapter and reading all the way through that chapter is a great way to do it. But you can also find a topic and look at chapters and verses that are around that topic. Whatever your method is, flipping open your Bible and pointing at a verse is not a great way to study scripture.

#2: Pray:

Ask that the Holy Spirit will lead you in your study time and that God will speak to you!

#3. 5-P’s and 1-A

The next part of this method is the 5-P’s and 1-A. They are

  • Pronounce it! Take the verses and say it out loud. The more you do this, the more it will sink in. Read it out loud two or three times!

  • Paraphrase it! Just like in the Inductive Bible Study Method, take the passage and put it into your own words. If you need some help understanding the meaning of it, take a look at the Message, the Passion, or the Amplified translations of the Bible. Write down in way that you can understand what the passage means.

  • Personalize it! Go back into the passage and plug yourself into it. I’ll show you an example using John 3:16 which says “For God so loved the world that He gave is only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” When you personalize it, you would write this verse like this “For God so loved Kia that He gave is only begotten Son, that if I would believe in Him I should not perish but I will have everlasting life”. If you are reading through a whole chapter, just take one or two verses to do this with. This will help you no have a disconnect when it comes to what the scriptures are taking about.

  • Pray it! Take the passage and turn it into a prayer. In the example of John 3:16 I would pray “Lord thank you for sending your Son for me. I pray that I will trust in this truth that because I believe in Jesus, I get to have everlasting life.” Again, if you are reading through a whole chapter, just take one or two verses that really stick out to you to pray over. If the whole passage really effected you, you can defiantly do more!

  • Probe it! To Prove this passage, take the acronym SPACEPETS to help you really dig into the passage. Try to answer each question but if you can not find the answer to it in the passage, that is OK!


S- is there sin to avoid, forsake or confess

P- is there a promise to believe and cling to

A- is there and attitude to change or action to fix

C- is there a commandment to keep

E- is there an example to follow

P- is there a prayer to pray or a priority to change

E- is there and error to avoid

T- is there a truth to meditate on

S- is there a specific thing to thank God for

  • Apply it! Each study method we have looked at always ends in personal application. If you don’t apply what you read to your life, there is really not much point to reading the Bible. Take one take away from that passage and try to tangibly apply it to you week.

Let’s try it out!

#1. Choose the Passage: today we are going to keep looking at Jonah.

Jonah 3

“Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh:

“By the decree of the king and his nobles:

Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.”

#2. Pray:

Lord show me what you want to say to me through this chapter. Lord I pray that you will open my heart and speak to me. Holy Spirit I ask you to come.

#3. 5-Ps and 1-A

  • Pronounce it! Read it out loud

  • Paraphrase it! Jonah got the hint and actually went to Nineveh. He started to walk through the city and told everyone that in 40 days the city was going to be destroyed. To me, it didn’t sound like Jonah was really wanting the people to come to repentance, but they did. They all took a position of repentance and they cried out to God. When the news reached the king, he made it mandatory for everyone to repent and cry out to God. Jonah didn’t want to be there, but he actually was a part of one of the biggest revivals ever!

  • Personalize it! V10: “then God say Kia’s works, that I had turned from my evil ways; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon me, and He did not do it.”

  • Probe it! SPACEPETS

S- is there sin to avoid, forsake or confess: Obey God the first time. Jonah obeyed but he had to get swallowed by a fish to do so.

P- is there a promise to believe and cling to: when you turn to God, no matter what you have done, He will forgive you.

A- is there and attitude to change or action to fix: is my attitude like Jonah’s when it comes to sharing the Gospel?

C- is there a commandment to keep: I need to hav love for people and want to see them turn to the Lord. Loving people is how you show love to God.

E- is there an example to follow: when sin is called out in my life, I want to be quick to repent and call out to God.

P- is there a prayer to pray or a priority to change: Lord help me have a heart to see people come to you, repent, and cry out to you. Lord give me a soft heat to do so.

E- is there and error to avoid: I don’t want to have slow obedience like Jonah did. I want to have quick obedience like the people of Nineveh had.

T- is there a truth to meditate on: slow obedience is disobedience.

S- is there a specific thing to thank God for: thank you Lord for the truth that when I turn to you and repent, that you forgive.

  • Apply it! I am going to pray on ways I can share the Gospel this week and when God gives me opportunity, do it the first time!

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