In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with blogger and author, Arabah Joy, about her PROSPER Bible Study method. Arabah is one of those wise women of God who always has great things to share. In our podcast interview, she goes through the PROSPER acronym to share how she studies the Word.
PROSPER Bible Study Method – Printable and Bookmark
Arabah has a bookmark and worksheet you can print out at her blog to help you with this method. Here’s the link to that: PROSPER Bible Study Method Printable and Bookmark. She also has a video series on the method that you can access at that link.
PROSPER Bible Study Method
Let’s take a look at what PROSPER stands for:
P – Pray – The first thing Arabah does is to choose a passage to study for the whole week. I actually love this idea because you can choose a passage of Scripture based on an area of life you think God might want you to work on. Before she begins each day, she prays and asks God to help her understand the Scripture.
R – Read – The next thing she does is to read the Scripture every day, preferably in a different translation each day. This is a great way to get the Word into us and help us become really familiar with one passage.
O – Observe – The next thing Arabah does is to observe the passage. Here’s a list of 10 questions she often asks in this step of the PROSPER Bible study method: Bible Observation Questions. She’ll spend one day of the week on this step.
S – Study – After observing the passage, she’ll spend the next day studying the passage. One of the things she likes to do is a word study. (She shares more on this and all of these steps in the podcast.)
P – Ponder – In this step Arabah spends time meditating on the passage, thinking about it while she works around the house. This is a helpful step for moms of small children who don’t have as much time to sit down and study, but you could also do it in the car on the way to work or out on a walk.
E – Engage – With this step, Arabah starts thinking about application. How does this Bible study apply to our lives?
R – Repetitive Action – And with this final step Arabah talks about setting up different actions she can repeat on a daily level based on what she learned from the Bible passage.
I’m very intrigued by this Bible study method and hope you’ll give it a try!