How does prayer fit in to your daily Bible reading? Often times there can be a disconnect between what we’re reading that day and what we’re praying. We will read a chapter out of a New Testament letter, try to “get something out of it”, and then start praying for our different issues, but our Bible reading should feed our prayers. Remember, our relationship with God should be our most important relationship, so as God speaks to us through His Word, let us directly respond to what He has said by turning whatever we have read into a prayer for ourselves and others. Our time with God each day should be like a conversation; He speaks to us through His Word and we speak to Him through prayer. Think of how many human relationships of yours would grow and thrive if you never responded directly to what they said to you in conversation… not very many! Friend: “I’m really struggling with anger toward someone at work”, Your response: “Hey, I’m thinking about getting a puppy!” A lame illustration, but hopefully you get my point.
If we need to be applying what we learn in the Bible, then we should praying what we learn in the Bible because God promises to answer our prayers, and He definitely wants to be obeyed. So, if you’re going through 2 Corinthians 3 for your Bible reading and you read over verse 18: “And we all with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” then respond by praying, “Lord, help me to plunge myself into your Word to behold your glory so that I may become more like You. No matter how busy I am or what excuses I can create, may You drive me toward a deeper realization of your glorious character, and then make me to become what I am beholding.” Letting your Bible reading feed your prayers will help you to focus on what your reading in God’s Word and generate a new energy toward living God’s way for God’s glory!