First I want to say that this is not the only way to study the Bible. With that said, it is a good way to get started. It helps to keep you focused and to remember those wonderful insights the Lord gives you while you are reading.
What does S.O.A.P. mean?
S – stands for Scripture – Physically write out the scripture and you’ll be amazed at what God will reveal to you just by taking the time to slow down and write out what you are reading!
O – stands for Observation – What do you observe in the verses that you’re reading? Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words/ what words stand out to your?
A – stands for Application – This is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take?
P – stands for prayer – Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sine that is in your life. Thank Him for His forgiveness and move on.
Why S.O.A.P. your verses?
It’s one thing to simply read scripture, but when you interact with it, when you learn to slow down to REALLY read it; suddenly words start popping off the page. By S.O.A.P.ing your verses you are able to dig deeper into scripture and “see” more than if you simply read the verses and then went on your merry way. Let me encourage you take the time to SOAP the daily verses and see for yourself how much more you get out of your daily Bible reading!