Reflecting on the Bible, pondering over the scriptures and placing them in our minds and hearts, is very important in communicating with God and a vital part of prayer. Yes, Bible meditation is vital in answered prayer, for God’s Word is truth and life to the believer and when it is placed in the heart it will come out in our prayers.
Meditation on and in the scriptures of the Bible will bring about success in this life as stated in:
- Joshua 1:8 (NLT) “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Bible meditation is to be a fundamental part in our everyday activities bringing forth a fruitful life as we can clear see in
- Psalms 1:1-3 (NLT) Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
Meditating in God’s Word and walking in His Word can be considered closely related in that you cannot do one without the other. As we meditate on God’s Word we will begin to walk in His teachings and principles thus we will be led to pray the Word building our faith as Paul states in
- Romans 10:17 (NLT) “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”
Jeremiah said that he ate (devoured) the words of God which was the bread of life to him.
- Jeremiah 15:16 (NLT) “When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.”
Truly meditation upon God’s Word can be described as chewing upon its truth, swallowing them, applying them and letting them become a part of our life.
Let me quote a statement I read a while ago, which lines up just how I feel on this topic of praying God’s Word. Praying the Word was described this way:
“We go into God’s presence with the thing we desire. Next, we ask ourselves this question:
Is there any promise in God’s Word regarding what we desire? We look into the Word of God and find the promise. Then all we have to do is to present that promise to God.”
For example we say, Heavenly Father, we desire the Holy Spirit. You say in your Word,“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Matthew 7:11 and Luke 11:13.
Can you see how the promise brings it to light? Just as a side note in regards to the promise of the Holy Spirit, we see this stated in Acts 2:39 (NLT) This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God.”
Can you see the importance of the promises to be read, studied, and written on and in our hearts? We then can say as stated in
- 1 John 5:14 – 15 (NLT) And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.
This is why it is so important to study God’s Word for it will get inside of us and when we begin to pray His Word it becomes truth and life to the believer.
- 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT) states, “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
Faith is to believe and to receive the promises of God’s Word as we pray. So we can see the importance to:
- Find God’s promises,
- Study God’s promises,
- Believe God’s promises,
- Stand upon God’s promises,
- Receive God’s promises,
- Live God’s promises, and
- PRAY GOD’S PROMISES!
As we can clearly see, when the pray-er prays God’s Word, it enables him to receive the answers to his prayer.
As the Bible states, Proverbs 4:20 – 23 (NLT) “My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” .
Effective praying will take that of placing God’s Word into our hearts; letting His Word take up residence in our heart. Jesus stated the utmost importance of remaining in His Word, “abiding in the vine”. John 15:7 (NLT) But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
Praying the promises plays a big part in that of asking and receiving which will bring about that of answered prayer. One of the greatest ways to prepare us for prayer and to receive an answer to prayer is to meditate on God’s Word. As a young boy David learned this very important component to prayer.
Here are a few of the examples from the Psalmist that literally bring out this importance of meditating and praying God’s Word:
- Psalms 5:1-3 (NLT) O LORD, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
- Psalms 19:14 (NLT) May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
- Psalms 49:3 (NLT) For my words are wise, and my thoughts are filled with insight.
- Psalms 119:97-99 (NLT) Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide. Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws.
- Psalms 104:33 – 34 (NLT) I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath! May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.
- Psalms 119:48 (NLT) I honor and love your commands. I meditate on your decrees.
- Psalms 143:5 (NLT) I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done.
- Psalms 63:6-8 (NLT) I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Because you are my helper, I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely.
- Psalms 119:15 – 16 (NLT) I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word.
- Psalms 119:24 – 25 (NLT) Your laws please me; they give me wise advice. I lie in the dust; revive me by your word.
God’s Word is powerful and it will make our prayers powerful too. As the scriptures states, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
- In 2 Timothy 3:16 “The Word of God is active and powerful and when written in our hearts become the food and fuel that will nourish our prayer.”
The promises stored in our hearts will make our prayers living and active as though from the very mouth of God. Paul also reflects this in
- Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.
It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
Remember this, God’s Word will never return unto Him void when it is prayed in full earnestness; its purpose must be genuine and from the heart.
- Isaiah 55:10-11 (NLT) states,“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, it will prosper everywhere I send it.
May you be that vessel that God uses to send out His Word, yes, His Promises revealed and producing fruit! Praise be to God!
Love in Christ Jesus,