This morning, my thoughts go to the importance of daily Bible reading. Let me say, reflecting on/in 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. It will take faith to overcome the things of this world and to receive the promises of God.
As stated in Romans 10:17, “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (KJV). Again, let me say, it is vital to have faith, to receive the promises of God. Yes, the Word of God was given to us to build our faith. Trusting and believing God’s word builds our faith, and through our faith, we see the very promises of God becoming alive and active in our lives.
Yes, Bible meditation is vital in receiving 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, 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 (NLT).
Bible meditation is to be a fundamental part in our everyday activities bringing forth a fruitful life as we can clearly see stated in; Psalms 1:1-3, 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 (NLT).
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, So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ (NLT).
Jeremiah said that he ate (devoured) the words of God, which was the bread of life to him. Jeremiah 15:16, 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 (NLT).
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 present that promise to God.”
Truly, there is something in believing God’s promises. Let me give you an example. We might 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, This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God (NLT). Reading the Bible and knowing God’s Word will lead us into believing and receiving the promises.