1.15.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on prayer. Part 60. Pray vs. Read.

DEVOTION:

I didn’t realize that this was a word but “hermeneutics” means the process or act of interpreting the Bible accurately. Try using that in a sentence today 🙂

Reason I bring it up is because of yesterday’s post and this quote from Donald Whitney.

“Correctly handling the Word of God does not permit making the text say what we want. To understand the Bible accurately we must do whatever is necessary to discover the single, God inspired meaning of every verse before us. The text of the Bible mean what God inspired it to mean, not ‘what it means to me'”.

Very very valid point here. It’s not what I can turn it into, it’s what it actually says and means. There are volumes of volumes of research in countless libraries trying to decipher and interpret the Bible in different ways. That’s a topic for another discussion.

The method described in Whitney’s book is advocating prayer in and around the Bible. Prayer from the text in the Bible. The primary activity is prayer. Not the actual reading of the Bible. Does that make sense?

The different verses that we read will prompt each of us to pray for very different things. It’s a very non-literal interpretation of the actual verse because the words might trigger different thoughts in each of our minds.

That’s the idea.

Not to interpret the Bible from the reading as you pray but to pray the Bible as you read.

I think this will take some practice but definitely something that is worth exploring. Do you agree?

4 Comments

  1. Margaret K on January 15, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I agree. It will take time, especially for those of us who have been reading the Bible for a long time, to break the habit of just reading the Bible like it’s a book.
    It’s the Word of God and it is alive. It has the Life of God in each Verse.
    Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. John 1:1 and 1 John 1:1-2.
    He said, “Here am I – it is written about Me in the Scroll” Hebrews 10:7 and Psalm 40:7.
    We (I) need to remember that when reading Scripture, that it is and has the very Life of God.
    Then it will be easier to pray the Bible, because it will be, what it is meant to be, a conversation with God, our Heavenly Father about and also with our Savior Jesus; and it is all with the help and unction of the Holy Spirit.

  2. Suzanne on January 15, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Only good can come from praying the scriptures…unison with Christ, help with temptation, confidence, focus, direction, discernment, insight, stability Jesus prayed the scripture, Jesus told the enemy ‘it is written…’ Jesus used the power and left it here for us

    If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:4

    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak Matt 26:41

    And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us” 1 John 5:14,

    Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

    Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3

    For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

    8 I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Psalm 16:8

    But Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. Matthew 22:29

    “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
    John 14:12

    Deuteronomy 4:2
    “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take anything from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

  3. Peggy F on January 15, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Amen ! Pray God’s word !!!!!!! Yes, actually putting the word into action! It will always bring dramatic change, at least I have found that to be so !! And a particular incident came to mind this morning, without telling all the details, God brought “manna” to my house in Florida to me and my kids…………..” manna” for the day…………..yes ………….because ” I prayed God’s word !!! Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow……and His word is true !!!! we can , ” Trust in the Lord with all our heart, acknowledge Him in all we do , and He will direct our path……… I praise You Jesus , for Your active word in my life , today.!!!

  4. Jonathan B on January 15, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Let the word soak into your soul. Let God guide your heart, mind and soul. Read his words and know he is with us always.

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