January 06, 2016
Psalm 119 is, in reality, one long prayer to God about the blessing, and study, and obedience to God through His Word. The writer is praying deeply and specifically, as he approaches God's Word. We should do the same.
It is impossible to understand God's Word without God's help! And just as understanding is impossible without God, so is obedience. We need HIM and so everyday we should come to God's Word with humble dependency, expressed in prayer.
Look at the PRAYERS and some of the PURPOSES/END RESULTS of the PRAYERS in Psalm 119:33-40.
PRAYER: vs. 33: Teach me…the way of Your statutes
PURPOSE: …and I shall observe it to the end
PRAYER: vs. 34: Give me understanding
PURPOSE: …that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart
PRAYER: vs. 35: Make me walk in the path of Your commandments vs. 36: Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain Vs. 37: turn away my eyes from looking at vanity
PURPOSE: …and revive me in Your ways
PRAYER: vs. 38: establish Your word to Your servant
PURPOSE: vs. 38: as that which produces reverence for You
The Bible is like no other book. It is alive because the Author is right beside us (within us actually), explaining and empowering us to live it out by His grace! Prayer and the Word are so synonymous that you cannot do one without the other. Bible reading is, in reality, nothing more nor less than communion with God and this communion changes our lives forever!
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June 08, 2019
June 07, 2019
… with most of us modern Christians is that we are stoppable. A little discomfort, a turn from our desired daily routine, or a little resistance from those to whom we’re witnessing throws us off. We have not settled the issue that our greatest joy and highest purpose comes from our witness, and so we are unwilling to push through in sharing Christ with others every day, even in the mildest environments. Even when persecution is not present.
June 03, 2019
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer (Acts 1:14)
Prayer is the foundation for all of life. Imagine the emotions and sense of fear and expectancy when Christ had been resurrected, appeared to His disciples, and then ascended. They were instructed to merely wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit who would endue them with power to be witnesses to Christ all across the world (Acts 1:8).
So, what did they do?