Thank You, dear God, for Your Word, for Your love, for Your grace, for Your wisdom. You have given me so much, who I am not to be thankful? Here is my life, O God, use me in whatever way You please. Thank You for this past week full of Your presence. Thank You for Bible studies, for prayer times, for morning devotions, for sharing times. Thank You Lord because You are always in our midst whenever we gather. Thank You Lord for revealing Yourself to us through Your Word. Thank You for speaking to us in many different ways. Thank You for opening our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds to what You want to say to us. Thank You for letting us be obedient to Your Word. May we come to know You more and more each day. May our love for You grow deeper and deeper as we draw nearer to You. Thank You for Your love, Lord Jesus. Amen.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 Good News Translation (GNT)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,17 so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.
Why do we read the Bible? Why do we pray? Is this just to gain favor from God? Or so that we could feel spiritual? Out of obligation or guilt?
Why do I read the Bible? Why do I pray?
It started one summer when I taught children that they should read their Bibles and pray every day, only to realize that I, their teacher, wasn’t doing it myself! From our lesson, we learned that by doing those, we would grow as a better child of God because we would know how to live rightly in God’s eyes, and so I committed myself to reading the Bible and praying every day.
As I soaked into God’s Word, I learned more truths about God. I learned that He is holy and that He loves what is right. And that He created you and me. I also learned that I am sinful. Believe me, I didn’t know it before. All my life I thought I was a good girl until I read a Bible verse talking about sins we should not do. The verse struck me coz I was doing all those, and so I realized I needed to be changed. And that I needed a Savior who could change me.
Since then, I started reading the Bible with a fresh perspective. I saw the words come alive and speak to me. I began to take each words and phrases personally and applied in my life what I have learned from it. I enjoyed reading Bible stories, letters from Paul, and the life of Jesus Christ written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I believe that God’s Word has worked in my life and it really changed me.
Until now, I still read the Bible, not so I could brag it around, but so that my relationship with God would deepen and grow. I read the Bible so that I could know how to live right in the eyes of God, so that I could have a self-check with my motives, so that my negative attitudes would be changed, so that I can have a direction in life.
Reading the Bible always comes with praying. I pray before reading. I pray as I read. And I pray after. I do it because I know I could not understand God’s Word on my own. I know I need guidance from the Holy Spirit so that I could better hear and understand what He wants to say. And also, I need to lift up my heart to God so He can cleanse it and open it to His Word. Without God, I know I wouldn’t be able to comprehend what I am reading. And praying changes me. Yeah, I know it is God who changes me, not the prayer. But what I mean is, I see myself change, or should I say, have a change of mind and change of heart, every after my prayer time with God, when I have spent more time communicating with God as He reveals His glory to me and showers His grace upon me.
Thank You, Lord for everything. These means of grace – reading the Bible and praying, has changed me a lot. Indeed, I have grown so much, thanks to You, God. 🙂
Be with me through this 40-day journey as we approach and celebrate Your resurrection. May I keep on reading Your Word and on praying every single day, and forever as long as I live. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Your turn: Why do you read the Bible? How does reading the Bible help you grow?