A Prayerful Approach to the Word of God

"Oh how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long."  Psalm 119:97

Want to enrich your Bible study?  Try praying about it.

In Psalm 119, King David rejoices in God's Word, but also speaks to God about it.  The Word was no trivial matter with him.  He brought it before the Lord continually.  So what should we pray for?

1.  Pray for understanding.

Psalm 119:73, "...give me understanding to learn your commands." 

The Spirit was sent to guide us into all truth (John 16:13), so we should ask for understanding.

2.  Pray that your heart would love the Scriptures.

Sometimes our hearts are cold and distracted, not wanting to spend time in God's Word.  To help, David offered this prayer, "Turn my heart toward your statues, and not to selfish gain."  Psalm 119:36

3.  Ask God to make His promises real to you.

"May your unfailing love be my comfort according to your promise to your servant" (Psalm 119:76).  Here David cites a promise of comfort from God's Word, and asks God to fulfill it in his life.

As we read the Bible, we should talk to God and pray over Scriptures.  We will enrich our lives and get more from Scripture.  You need not use lofty language when you approach God.  Just talk as you would every day, but make sure you approach Him with reverence.  Ask Him the three requests above, then set out to study Scripture like you never have before.

Let's close with these powerful words from the same text, Psalm 119.

"How can a young person stay on the path of purity?  By living according to Your Word.  I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.  I have hidden Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You.  Praise be to You, LORD; teach me Your decrees.  With my lips I recount all the laws that come from Your mouth.  I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches."  Psalm 119:9-14


2 comments (Add your own)

1. Ron Brown wrote:
Thanks Sam, this is good advice asking the the Lord to reveal truths and guide my study will help, especially when I'm feeling spiritually poor or down. Hopefully my bible study time will not be difficult or dry, and not very rewarding.

Fri, February 3, 2012 @ 4:28 AM

2. Jacqueline Downs wrote:
Dear Pastor Sam, This is how I approach Gods word for prayer and understanding. Now I must pray for retention of the scriptures so when I meet someone I can also apply Gods word to the situatios as they present itself. Wonderful advice. thanks for sharing

Sat, February 4, 2012 @ 3:11 PM

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