April 29: Meditating in the Scriptures

In today’s daily thought, I would like to encourage everyone to reflect on the Bible, ponder over the scriptures, and place them in your minds and hearts. The scriptures are very important in our communication with God and to be a vital part of our 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, 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 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 can not 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.”

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, 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).

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, 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 (NLT). 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 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 (NLT).

Faith is to believe and to receive the promises of God’s Word as we pray. So, we can see the importance of finding 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 prayer prays God’s Word, it enables him to receive the answers to his prayer. Yes, as the Bible states in Proverbs 4:20 – 23, 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 (NLT).

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, But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! (NLT)
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.

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