What is it?
S.O.A.P. is a method of Bible reading and journaling: Scripture, Observation, Application & Prayer. It can be used with any daily Bible reading plan.
This simple practice can help you to grow in your faith and understanding of the Bible. Knowing and applying the scriptures are absolutely necessary to the life of every believer. It affects every area of our lives.
As it says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
S – Scripture
Open your Bible to today’s reading (according to whatever plan you are following). 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.
O – Observation
What struck you and caught your attention in what you read? What do you think God is saying to you in this scripture? Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal Jesus to you.
A – 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 correction for a particular area of your life. Write how this scripture can apply to you today.
P – 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.
Printable Bible Plans
The Whole Bible In A Year
New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs
Online Bible Plans
The Blue Letter Bible “Chronological” plan is compiled according to recent historical research, taking into account the order in which the recorded events actually occurred. This is a fantastic plan to follow if you wish to add historical context to your reading of the Bible. If the schedule provided is followed, the entire Bible will be read in one calendar year.
The Whole Bible In A Year
Experience the insights and joy gained from reading the entire Bible. You can do it in as little as 15 minutes a day with The One Year ® Bible, the world’s most popular annual reading Bible. Daily readings from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs will guide you through God’s Word in one year.
Proverbs In 31 Days
The Book of Proverbs claims that God’s own wisdom has been woven into the fabric of the universe, and you are invited to participate. What’s the wise choice when it comes to relationships and money and work, the stuff of day-to-day life? This 31-day plan will walk you through the Proverbs step by step as you train your heart to discern the wise way forward.
Psalm & Proverbs In 31 Days
The Psalms and Proverbs are filled with songs, poetry, and writings – expressing true worship, longing, wisdom, love, desperation, and truth. This plan will take you through all of the Psalms and Proverbs in just 31 days. Here, you will encounter God and find comfort, strength, solace, and encouragement that covers the breadth of the human experience.
New Testament In 1 Year
Each daily reading will guide readers through the New Testament as they encounter Jesus and the gospel. A great resource for those who are newcomers to the Bible.
Pick Your Own Plan
There are countless plans to choose from using bible.com. If you don’t see one you like, click the link and choose the topic you would like to study. The main thing is that you spend time everyday in God’s word.