“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
“One of these days some simple soul will pick up the book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed.” Leonard Ravenhill
- Grab your Bible and a journal and sit in your favorite, cozy place with a cup of something delicious. Pray that God will open your eyes, so that you may see wonderful things in His law (Ps. 119:18)
- Write Hebrews 4:12 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17 in your journal, and read a few paragraphs of Psalm 119.
No Words More Precious
There are few things in life more demoralizing than fighting with your spouse. A night with high hopes, candles, and a delicious meal devolves into another knock-down, drag-out. “We’re newlyweds,” I thought to myself. “This shouldn’t be happening for at least another year or so!” But I couldn’t argue with the evidence. We clearly had a problem.
One night, after our most disheartening conflict we’d ever had, I decided I couldn’t do it anymore. By “it,” I didn’t mean my marriage. I knew that was non-negotiable. “It” was my selfish pride—my sin nature. “It” was the problem.
“Lord, I have come to the end of my strength. I have no power against this selfishness and pride that wells up in me, and no matter how hard I try, I always end up here.” I needed some powerful prayers.
Where did I find these prayers? In the Scriptures. No other words carry as much weight, power, and history with them as the words in this book. You will never speak or pray truer, more beautiful, more deeply impactful words than those in the Bible.
We see from our Scripture for this study that Paul, David, and the author of Hebrews place God’s Word on a pedestal as the most precious, powerful, and true words ever known to man. All these men of God believed strongly in the value of God’s Word. I think that’s enough reason to read it.
And read it I did. I started a journal of verses, categorized by Exhortation, Praise, Petition, and Truth. I began to pray these verses every day. My top favorite verse was James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” As I prayed, my heart cried out to God for change, for empowerment to love my husband, and for Christ’s humility to become my own.
Fast-forward a few months, and I barely recognize myself. I don’t remember the last time we fought. I couldn’t be more thankful or happier to be married to my husband. On top of it all, I feel invincible. Nothing he says makes me angry like it used to. My first thought in a potentially heated situation is to rewind: “Whoa, back up. What miscommunication just happened?” My temper is gone. My tendency to criticize is gone. What a gift.
Because of my prayers, I am passionate about God’s word. I created a beautiful book with my Scriptures in it that I carry in my car. I have another one for the gym. I have verses all over my home. Through praying these words over and over, I eventually memorized them.
Now, when I pray without my notebooks, my prayers consist almost exclusively of God’s words. I love these words more dearly than any other book, quote, or poem, and I always want more. I have more peace and joy in my heart than I ever have.
Questions to Ponder
• Do I truly love and desire God? Am I hungry for His Word? (If you can’t answer a resounding “Yes!” don’t worry. Pray to desire His Word, and He will answer.
• How often to I pray God’s words, promises, and truths back to Him? Do I know His Word well? How can I improve in these areas?
“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilization to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”
This book is the most incredible literary treasure ever known to man. It contains more power, truth, and life than any other book. It has changed more hearts, empowered more lives, and saved more souls than any self- help seminar. When you hold the Bible, you hold the culmination of all human history, the universe, and eternity. This book contains your native language, the language of Heaven and God.
Read it. Know it. Speak it. Pray it.
- What situation in your life seems impossible? What problem can’t you see a solution for? What sin can’t you overcome?
- Write out your difficulties in your journal, and write a verse (or many) that directly speaks to it. Pray it every day for the next month. Include James 5:16-18 and 1 John 5:14 and pray those as well.
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