HOW TO DOUBLE OR TRIPLE YOUR TIME IN SCRIPTURE WITHOUT EFFORT, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE?
This is not the opinion of just one renowned scientist. This unusual technique is backed by 94 scientific studies (references to the scientific literature can be found at the end of this post).
In one study, 91% of people using this technique stuck to an exercise program, whereas only 39% of those not using it persevered. In another study, 100% of women using this technique met their goal of performing a breast examination over the next month, while only 53% of women not using it met this goal.
Professor Peter Gollwitzer, the NYU psychologist who first articulated the power of this technique, recently reviewed results from 94 studies and found significantly higher success rates for just about every goal you can think of. So, we thought, why not apply this science to the most important goal anyone can have. In the words of the great John Piper “Reading the Bible is more important than breathing”.
My friend, imagine how your life would change if you doubled or tripled your time in Scripture this year? Using this 10-second technique each night, you can achieve this with little to no effort.
Are you interested?
Before I go further, I should remind you of the benefits of consistent meditation on God’s Word. By reading and meditating on Scripture, we can:
- Become more Christlike and enjoy better relationships: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
- Ward off Satan, sin, and temptation (Psalm 119:11,15; 1 John 2:14).
- Experience peace of mind: "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you" (Isaiah 26:3).
These benefits are yours to enjoy if and only if you’re consistently spending time in Scripture - and that’s a big IF. It’s common knowledge that 92% of people give up on their New Year’s resolution before the end of January. But that doesn’t have to be your story this year.
So what’s this technique?
It’s a written plan that details, in advance, WHEN, WHERE, and HOW you’ll take specific actions to reach your goal. Motivational scientists call this implementation intentions or IF-THEN planning. “If-Then” plans take the form of: If X happens, then I’ll do Y.
If you’re trying to read more Scripture, your plan could be: IF it’s 7:00 p.m. and the baby is asleep, THEN I’ll read Matthew 13 at my desk. Crafting this simple plan the night before only takes 10 seconds and is proven to double or even triple the likelihood that you’ll actually have a daily quiet time.
If you are ready to double or triple your time in Scripture this year, we’ve already incorporated all of the above science into a tool to help you make your quiet times happen automatically. Click this link to learn more.
Why does this work?
“If-Then” plans are written in the language of your brain. Our brains easily encode implementation intentions, and our behavior is guided (often unconsciously) by “if-then” statements. Deciding exactly when, where, and how you will act on your goal creates a link in your brain between the situation or cue (IF it is 7:00 p.m. and the baby is asleep) and the behavior that should follow (THEN I will read Matthew 13 at my desk).
Below your awareness, your brain starts scanning the environment, searching for the situation or cue in your plan. Once it’s found the "if”, the "then" follows automatically, even when you’re busy doing other things.
This process is called “strategic automaticity”. It is priceless and you can now benefit from this science with the Scribe Bible Journal. We created our journal to leverage the power of if-then plans for Christians. It also provides you with a simple, daily 4 question Bible study format that works with any passage of scripture (the S.O.A.P Method). The goal is to provide you with a way to meditate on whatever passage of scripture you're reading at the time.
Psalm 1 promises a blessing for the man who meditates on Scripture day and night, not the man who simply reads it: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1, 2).
Soli Deo Gloria
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