Bible Reading Plans
Daily Bible and Prayer helps you manage an unlimited number of daily reading plans. You can choose from two types of "Bible in a Year" plans, or create your own reading plan. Each day, Daily Bible and Prayer will help you keep up with your reading, and if you fall behind, Daily Bible and Prayer will help you catch up. Daily Bible displays Scripture from the King James Bible and also allows you to print your Bible reading plan details in case you need to use a printed Bible.
Creating a Reading Plan
You have the option of starting three different types of Bible reading plans:
Bible in a Year: Seven Book Types a Week
This is a one-year Bible reading plan that divides Scripture into seven categories, giving you a different category to read from each day of the week. If you've ever tried to read through the Bible chronologically but felt bogged down during long periods of reading genealogies or Mosaic law, this plan can be very helpful.
Example: assume you start your reading plan on a Monday. This is what your first week will look like:
Monday: The Law. Genesis chapters 1 through 3.
Tuesday: History. Joshua chapters 1 through 5.
Wednesday: Psalms. Psalms chapters 1 through 2.
Thursday: Poetry. Job chapters 1 through 2.
Friday: Prophecy. Isaiah chapters 1 through 6.
Saturday: The Gospels. Matthew chapters 1 through 2.
Sunday: The Epistles. Romans chapters 1 through 2.
The advantage to this reading plan is that every week you will read from several different types of books. However, the disadvantage is that the quantity of reading can vary widely from day to day.
This reading plan always includes whole chapters.
Bible in a Year: Old and New Testaments Each Day
This is a one-year Bible reading plan that gives you portions of Scripture from both the Old Testament and New Testament each day. It is a more "even" plan than the "Seven Books" plan above and is chronological. The first day you will read Genesis chapters 1 through 3 and Matthew chapter 1; the second day you will read Genesis chapters 4 through 6 and Matthew chapter 2; and so on.
Custom Reading Plan
This option will automatically create a reading plan for you based on a range of chapters you wish to read and the date you want the reading completed on.
Specify the starting book and chapter, the ending book and chapter, and the date the plan should complete on. Daily Bible and Prayer will evenly divide the range of verses across each day. As you change the selected books and chapters, and adjust the completion date, you will be shown a "running total" of verses and "verses per day."
Each time you start Daily Bible and Prayer, you will be shown the status of each of your plans. Also, the task list will show the titles of each reading plan that needs to be read in bold.
To load the current day for a reading plan, click the title of your reading plan in the task list, or select it from the Reading menu. When you are finished reading, click Mark Passage as Read, and Daily Bible and Prayer will update your plan details.
If you fall behind
If you fall behind in your reading, don't worry. Daily Bible and Prayer will always show you the first unread day in your plan. Once you mark it as read, the next unread day will be loaded, and so on, until you have caught up. And in the event that catching up with your reading plan is not feasible, you can easily adjust the completion date of the plan and keep going.
If you also have SwordSearcher Bible Software installed on your computer, verses in the Bible plan reader can be linked to open them inside of SwordSearcher to begin an in-depth study. Or, you can right-click a verse and use the pop-up menu to open it in SwordSearcher. (SwordSearcher is not required to use Daily Bible and Prayer. This is a convenience feature for people using both programs.)