Preparing your heart through prayer before bible study, is an absolute necessity. This is the key to unlock the treasures of the Word of God. It really cannot be left out.
Don't worry I really have your back on this one!
There are many kinds of prayers but for bible study you can use both of these methods below.
Having bible study right after your moment of prayer with the Lord is a great practice. By prayer I mean, 10 minutes, 15minutes, 1 hour or even more of soul stirring, intimate, honest connection with God.
Prayer not only helps, but it clears the mind- and shifts your focus on God and him alone.
When I read my bible right after prayer, I realize that everything gets clearer, areas that I might have skipped over in past, suddenly pops out before me, and suddenly the Bible comes to life!
This is the perfect time to have a bible study. So try it next time!
Have your bible study tools and topic ready, pray and then open the word. The Holy Ghost will take over and do the rest. God will begin to direct your thoughts through his word and quicken your understanding.
When you are running low on time and it really isn’t possible to pack in a half hour prayer before bible study, then I recommend using one of these prayers just before you are going to start.
Now that we have spoken about prayer in general, let me share with you my little handy weapon.
One day in church, while meditating on his word, God gave me a bible study prayer that I use quite often. I often whisper it to him while walking on the street, while in my hours of prayer, and right before bible study. He knows I mean every word, so he has been opening my eyes to the truth in his word. It’s time for you to get the same.
Ephesians 1 vs 16 – 18
“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints”
Paul’s prayer for the saints at Ephesus included every one of us as saints of God.
And as he desired it for them, God desires for us to have the spirit of wisdom; he wants our eyes be enlightened that we may know for ourselves the great hope of his calling; that we may know for ourselves the riches that lies in us as his inheritance!
We have no idea!
Our mind cannot fathom it, what God has in store for us!
And that right there is my prayer. I just repeated to God what Paul prayed.
These are the basics of my prayer, with a little bit more here and there depended on the circumstance.
I would just mean it from a pure and sincere heart. And God did it for me, and is doing it every single day!
When Paul wrote in Colossians, he told his people that he was praying for them. He not only said that he prayed, but he made special mention on what he prayed for and why he prayed.
Colossians 1: 9,10,11,12
For this cause we also … donot cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering, with joyfulness:
This is where God showed me what we should pray for:
This right here is another prayer before bible study.
Why should we do this?
It’s amazing how the answer for everything we seek is found in the Word of God.
Doesn’t this prayer sound like it is helping us to become spiritual giants! Yes! And that is what we yearn for in this hour.
This is Paul’s prayer, but it has also become my prayer and now that I have shared it with you, it should become your prayer before bible study as well.
I would end this bible study preparation toolkit by saying that the Holy Ghost ( which is Christ in you- Colossians 1 : 27) is necessary. He is our helper.
We all need to have the gift of the infilling of the Holy Ghost that was given to us on the day of Pentecost ( Acts chapter 2).
Through prayer before bible study and the guidance of the Holy Ghost, the bible will begin to make sense, and become an exciting wonderland!
Only the Author of the Books of the Bible can unlock the secrets for us and God does this through the Holy Ghost.
The love and understanding of the truth and richness that lies in the word can only come through the guidance of the Holy Ghost .
It is important that every saint of God receive this free gift, and there is no reason why we should not seek after it!
We're finally done with this bible study preparation tool kit! I hope that you've really gathered all that you need to get ready for bible study! Even thou prayer before bible study was left for Section 8, it is the most important; and is the final element that is needed before starting your personal bible study.
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