One of my favourite things that we do at MHOP is worship with the word, where we take a scripture and sing it together. Often, this simple act of taking God’s word and singing it back to Him, leads to some significant moments of revelation of the heart and character of God. And yet our approach to reading the word is often one of either duty or desperation; we either feel obliged to read the bible because “that’s what good christians do” or we find ourselves in a hopeless situation, with nowhere else to turn, so we look for comfort in His word. There are two simple keys that will help unlock in you a fresh desire to study the word that will draw you closer to His heart and help you fall more in love with Him.
1. How we view the bible
In John 5, Jesus tells us one of the main purposes of the whole of scripture. He tells us that the value and the purpose of the bible is that it speaks of Him! All scripture reveals to us the person of Jesus. Behind every story, behind every lesson, behind every law and commandment, there is a revelation of who God is, His heart, how He feels about us, the why behind the what. If we can begin to see the bible as more than a historical document or a guidebook to life and begin to see it as an opportunity to know Jesus more, then that will massively change our desire to engage with it.
2. How we approach the bible
Psalm 1 gives us a pretty clear insight into how to approach the bible and also the benefits. We are encouraged to meditate in the word. We shouldn’t fear the word meditate, it simply means to consider, to ponder upon, to chew over. Rather than simply reading large quantities of the bible, or eating lots at once, we are encouraged to chew it over, get the most out of it, to enjoy it. And we are told that if we will do this, not occasionally but as a lifestyle, then we will be blessed, fruitful, prosperous, and planted securely by the river of life, able to withstand trial and testing.
So lets change the way we view and approach the bible. Jesus wants us to know Him better, try taking His word and praying it back to Him, not passage by passage, but line by line, asking Him “what do you mean by this?” or “do you really feel that way?”. By making the bible your conversation content with God you will see your prayer life blossom and your love of His word increase!
Michael, along with his wife Becci, lead manchester house of Prayer. He has a heart to see night and day prayer established in the nations and to see the church walk in intimacy with Jesus. He also serves in the prayer room as a worship leader and prayer leader. Find out more about him at michaelandbecci.tumblr.com.