McCheyne's Daily Bible Readings Calendar
Instructions by Robert Murray McCheyne
1. The center column contains the day of the month. The first two columns contain the chapters to be read in the family. The last two columns contain the portions to be read in secret (in personal private time).
2. The head of the family should previously read over the chapter indicated for the family worship and mark two or three of the most prominent verses upon which he may dwell, giving a few explanatory thoughts, and asking several simple questions.
3. The portion read, both for family and private reading, would be greatly illuminated if they were preceded by a moment's silent prayer: "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law" (Psalm 119:18).
4. Let the conversation at the family meals frequently turn upon the chapter read; thus every meal will be a sacrament, being sanctified by the Word and prayer.
5. Let our private reading precede the dawning of the day. Let God's voice be the first we hear in the morning. Mark two or three of the richest verses and pray over every word and line of them.
6. Above all, use the Word as a lamp to your feet and a light to your path - your guide in perplexity, your armour in temptation, your food in times of faintness.