We could all benefit from more time in the Bible.
But, if you’re anything like me, you tend to bite off more than you can chew. Then February rolls around, and you’re already off schedule with your reading plan.
So to help you stay on track and plan your Bible reading for the year, here’s a list of great Bible reading plans broken down by how much time they require per day.
Just click the title for each to download the PDF. Most of these are also available in YouVersion if you prefer that.
5 MINUTES PER DAY PLANS
Five minutes a day, five days a week, and it just goes through the New Testament.
This is an easy-to-follow, 5-minute-per-day plan that will get you through the whole Bible at a slower pace, but it’s easier to keep up with.
Here’s a video that goes a bit deeper on the features of these 5-minute-per-day plans.
10 MINUTES PER DAY PLANS
Read through the Old and New Testaments once and Psalms and Proverbs four times over two years.
1-2 chapters a day. Nice printable layout to create a bookmark.
Read the Bible in a year, but each day of the week is dedicated to a different genre—Epistles, Law, history, Psalms, poetry, prophecy, or Gospels.
15+ MINUTES PER DAY PLANS
This is one of the most popular Bible-in-a-year plans. This version has no dates, just checkboxes for 365 days.
This plan will get you through the Bible in a year while taking weekends off.
This was the plan I’ve followed for the last few years. And I find it to be a lot more sustainable than 7-day-a-week plans. Here’s Tim Challies explaining the benefit of using a 5-day-a-week plan.
This plan takes you through the Bible in order of the historical order of events.
This is a 1-year plan that has you do about 3–4 chapters a day, but it does a little less jumping around than other plans. It also only has 25 readings per month, so you can miss a few here and there.
FLEXIBLE BIBLE READING PLANS
This plan, created by Matthew Everhard, flips the traditional Bible reading plan on its head. Instead of following a schedule, you read in whatever order you want and mark it on the sheet afterward. The best part is you can never “get behind” on your reading because there is no set schedule to follow, but it still ensures that you are systematically working your way through the whole counsel of God.
Don’t like any of the available options?
This is a fantastic website that allows you to generate your own printable Bible reading plan according to whatever parameters you want to set.
Tips & Encouragement
Here are a few tips to help you stick with it for the whole year:
- Pick a plan you can stick with on your bad days
- Build grace into your plan (either with cheat days or a plan for when you’ll make up missed days)
- Print your plan to avoid distractions from reading on a device
- Don’t give up if you get behind
Whatever you do, even if it’s just reading a chapter a day, I’d encourage you to make some plans to read your Bible daily.
You won’t regret it!