I would encourage you to begin ANY study of God's word with a time of prayer - asking the Holy Spirit to teach you and be your guide, and to prepare your heart to RECEIVE from the Lord.
Read your text a few times to get a good understanding of what the passage is communicating.
There are 5 steps in preparing Homiletics. The first is CONTENT. What is the passage about? What are key words or phrases that are repeated? What are specific events that occur?
Underline or list those events that stand out to you or really help characterize the text.
...DIVISIONS! Using your paragraphs, write down the verses in your divisions next to a complete sentence...
The subject sentence should be specific enough that it causes you to be able to recall exactly which scripture passage is being referred to.
We're almost finished! Step 5 is Application Questions. Try to think of a specific, real-life application for each division. Make sure your questions are OPEN-ENDED...get the audience thinking!
Sometimes, you will find that your division sentences are a bit too vague to form an application question. You can elaborate on your former divisions if need be!
..hopefully you find yourself even more rooted in God's truth! "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of mine. And you will know the truth & the truth will make you free." Jn8:31,32