Do We Replace the Bible and Prayer?

I have had a thought on my heart this week. So many of us want to learn about the things of God. We seek different books that talk about topics concerning the Lord and we read them. But how many of us consult the Bible on a daily basis? How many of us read books on prayer but yet never pray? I believe this is something that happens all to often in the world today. We cannot get a better book about Jesus than the Bible. It is inspired of God and contains everything that God wants us to know about Himself on this earth. There isn’t a better book that talks about prayer than the Bible. Throughout its text, we see great men and women of faith praying and seeking God.

I notice that personally, I stay better on track during prayer time if I know what I am praying for. I have a list that I add and delete requests off of all the time. This helps me stay on task while I pray for the needs of others and myself. I love also following the daily lectionary when I read from the Bible each day. It really helps keep my mind set on the things of God and gives me a great reading plan that follows the church year. What do you do that helps you in prayer and reading the word? Leave a comment telling us as I’d love to hear them.

We find in 2 Tim. 3:16-17 the goal for the Word of God. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NASB). I am not saying at all that other books about the Lord are not good. But we need to come to the Bible more than we need to go to other books about the Bible. One time, Billy Graham was asked about one regret that he had in his life. He stated that he wished he read the Bible more than he read books about the Bible. I pray as we walk this journey of faith that this is not a regret that we have.

In closing, seek the Lord daily through His Word. Seek in daily in prayer. We do this the best through God’s Word, the Bible. God wants to connect with us in an intimate way and hear our hearts cry. He loves us so much that He gave His all so that we can have this opportunity. The question is this: are we willing to take advantage of this opportunity?

God’s blessings to you all!

Pastor Charles

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