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Each day, you will read a new section of scripture. The passages are often laid out in a chronological manner. 

For example: On a day that you read about David fleeing from Saul, you will read the psalm that David wrote out of that experience.


  • Scripture

    Open your Bible to the reading found under today’s date of your Bible bookmark. Take time reading and allow God to speak to you. When you are done, look for a verse that particularly spoke to you that day, and write it in your journal.

  • Observation

    What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you. Paraphrase and write this Scripture down in your own words in your journal.

  • Application

    Personalize what you have read, by asking yourself how it applies to your life right now. Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life. Write down how this Scripture can apply to you today.

  • Prayer

    This can be as simple as asking God to help you use this Scripture, or it may be a greater insight on what he may be revealing to you. Remember, prayer is a two-way conversation, so be sure to listen to what God has to say! Now, write it out.


Get a blank notebook that you can write in daily. Each day, use a new page to record your thoughts as you go through the SOAP Method. At the top of the page, record three things: 

1. The Date

2. Title/Subject

(that defines your thoughts for the day’s readings)

3. Page Number

On the remainder of the page, create headings for S (scripture), O (observation), A (application), P (prayer). 

Use each heading to record what the Holy Spirit speaks to you for that day’s reading. 

Reserve a few pages at the beginning of the journal to create a table of contents that contains: 


Scripture Focus

A Title/Subject that you create for that reading

The page