I want to address the 8 reasons our church's pastor has given as to why one should read the Bible.
Reason 1: So my prayers will be answered. (Jn 15:7)
John 15:7 reads... "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you."
So is what Jesus was saying here is, "If you read my word, your prayers will be answered?" Or is He speaking of something much more demanding. He is not talking about reading the Bible, He is talking about abiding in Him and His word. ABIDING. Living, dwelling, growing in these things. Doing them, and not just reading about them.
Again I want to emphasize that I am not against reading the Bible, and some people do well with reading plans. Good for them. And some people just read.
I think it is a mistake to think that because we read the Bible, God will do a better job of answering our prayers. I believe it borders on prosperity theology. And it is selfish.
This verse belongs on a coffee cup, and it probably is on some. But it is not a proof text for Bible reading.
At least that is my opinion.
Added 1/2: I kept thinking about the Lord's Prayer after I posted this. "Thy will be done." If we always pray with an attitude of thy will be done, will our prayers ever go unanswered? So perhaps instead of praying to get our prayers answered, we should read the Bible to get a better understanding of prayer and how to pray.