The last post was a petition for Christians to pray because prayer is one of the most beneficial disciplines in the Christian faith. In this post, it is a petition to read God’s word. I want to say that there is a relationship between how powerful a person’s prayer life is and their knowledge of God’s word. Prayer might be the fire, but the fuel to the fire is God’s word. One author describes the relationship in this manner, “Unless the vital forces of prayer are supplied by God’s Word, prayer, though earnest, even vociferous, in its urgency, is, in reality, flabby, and vapid, and void. The absence of vital force in praying, can be traced to the absence of a constant supply of God’s Word, to repair the waste, and renew the life. He who would learn to pray well, must first study God’s Word, and store it in his memory and thought.” Again, Bounds writes, “The Word of God is the fulcrum upon which the lever of prayer is placed, and by which things are mightily moved. God has committed Himself, His purpose and His promise to prayer. His Word becomes the basis, the inspiration of our praying, and there are circumstances under which, by importunate prayer, we may obtain addition, or an enlargement of His promises.” Is there a relationship between prayer and God’s Word? Yes.
The apostle John writes, “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 Jn. 5:14-15). The stipulation to answer prayers is God hearing us, but God only hears us if we ask according to His will. How does a person know God’s will? For the most part, I believe, God’s will is revealed in and through His word by the Holy Spirit. The promise is if we pray according to God’s will, then we know that God hears our prayers. The result is God will answer our prayers. What an amazing thought. Again, the apostle John writes, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (Jn. 15:7). One commentator writes, “effective prayer is based on faith in Christ and on His words remaining in believers. Christ’s words condition and control such a believer’s mind so that his prayers conform to the Father’s will. Since his prayer is in according with God’s will, the results is certain – it will be given you.” Praying and reading God’s Word go hand in hand. If one reads God’s Word, one is driven to prayer. God’s word has the ability to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4;12). When one spends time in the presence of “Holiness” it will show the presence of filth in one’s life, which would move us to prayer.
Oh, love ones, please read so that we can pray effectively. How is Bible reading going for you? Do you want a powerful prayer life? If so, please develop a ferocious reading life of His Word. Please read God’s Word. Don’t forsake it. It is essential to the Christian life. Without it, everything else will fall apart. May we be a generation that loves God’s word by reading it. Please read, understand, digest, and practice God’s word in order to ensure a great prayer life.