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The Prayer Garden

Pray with your Bible open

Someone once said, “Sin will keep you from the Bible or the Bible will keep you from sin.”  This is partly true, but reading the Bible can actually reinforce the sin of pride and deception if we know more than we obey.

Scripture is inspired and is useful to teach us what is true, to rebuke us when our life doesn’t match up with the truth, to get us back to the path through correction, and to keep us on the path through training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).

The Spirit of God feeds us with the Word of God.  God has revealed His will to us in the Bible.  I believe He is waiting for us to pray back to Him what He already wants to do. He has chosen to respond to the prayers of His people.

May we learn how to pray with our Bibles open. We can’t pray effectively without His Word and we can’t read His Word effectively without prayer.

A Speck

Following simple acrostic of the word S.P.E.C.K. will help.speck

Sin to Confess

Praise to Give/Promises to Claim

Example to Follow

Commands to obey

Knowledge to Absorb

As you read the Bible, confess any sin of yours or your church and family that is revealed to you as you ponder God's word. Praise God for all his works, as you read about them in Scripture. Thank God for his promises and trust them. Watch for examples and commit to God to follow, to go and do likewise. Recall to God his commands to us and tell Him your plans to carry them out. Retell God any new things you learned from the scripture you have read. Hide his word in your heart.

This is a rich way to pray and to learn from God through his word.

Bro Steve