Speding time in the Word is critical to the spiritual growth of anyone who wants to develop a relationship with God. The Bible tells us about God; who He is, His promises for us, the things that anger Him, the things that please Him and so on. However, I believe there’s a difference between reading the Bible for the sake of reading it, story style, and studying the Bible. Take me for example, I’m currently attempting to read through the whole bible before December 22nd of this year and I’m sharing that journey with you guys via my Bible Book Review series. When I’m doing this, I pick a Bible book and I just read it like I would a novel. This is very different from the time I spend in the mornings studying the bible. Bible study is about quality and not quanitity. It’s about getting information from the Bible that will help with deepen my walk with God, it’s about getting a revelation from the Holy Spirit about the word I’ve read and how it is applicable to me.
That last reason is why I believe saying a prayer before you read the Bible is important. Studying the Bible should be treated as time spent with God. Saying a prayer before you read the bible gives you an opportunity to set your intentions for your study time. What do you want the word to mean to you today? Comfort? Strength? Are you looking for specific answers about troubles in your life? Do you need help making a decision? Do you simply just want to hear from God? Whatever your reason for going into the Word, saying a prayer before you read the Bible is your time to invite the Holy Spirit to guide your study time. This prayer I’ve shared is very simple and it’s what I like to read before I start reading my bible. I hope it’s a blessing to you as you spend time with the Lord.
I’m interested in what your process before you read your Bible looks like. Do you say a prayer before you read the bible?
Prayer Before You Read The Bible.
I am so excited to dedicate this time to you today. I pray that the eyes of my heart will be open as I spend time in your word and I ask for total focus while I read. May I be filled with the didactic spirit that allows me to immerse myself in the word, and discover those hidden messages that will be a blessing to me by revealing who you are and your calling for me. You said in your word that I shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God, let this word be food to my soul and victual for my spirit. As I go through my day, I pray that this word shall not depart from my mouth, instead, I will meditate on it day and night so that I may be careful to do what I have read for then I will be prosperous and successful. Thank you Father for access to this wonderful word that is a guide for my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.