S– The S stands for Scripture- It all starts with the word of God. 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.
O– The O stands for observation- what do you see in the verses that you’re reading. Who is the audience? Is there a repetition of words? What words stand out to you? Don’t over-think it. What jumps out at you?
A– The A stands for Application- this is when God’s Word becomes personal. What is God saying to me today? How can I apply what I just read to my own personal life? What changes do I need to make? Is there an action that I need to take? Perhaps it is instruction, encouragement, revelation of a new promise, or corrections for a particular area of your life.
P– And finally P stands for Prayer. Pray God’s Word back to Him. If He has revealed something to you during this time in His Word, pray about it. Confess if He has revealed some sin that is in your life. 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. If this seems a little overwhelming, take it slow and keep it simple.
Keeping a Journal
For this to really stick, keep a journal. I use a free online journal called Penzu. There is also a smart app that allows me to dictate my thoughts into my phone (can’t get any easier than that). Check it out at