Let Bible Reading Feed Your Prayers

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!


About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

2 responses to “Let Bible Reading Feed Your Prayers

  • lori

    Excellent! Subscribed by Email

  • Kyle Roland

    During my “Spiritual Disciplines” class with Dr. Donald Whitney, we were encouraged to read through the book of Psalms (day 1/Ps. 1, day 2/Ps. 2, etc). In doing so, we were challenged to pray through the “Psalm of the Day.” Since these passages are jam-packed with worship and praises to the Lord, it is easy to combine meditation on Scripture and praying through Scripture. It is such an encouraging spiritual discipline, yet at the same time, it is so foundational to the Christian life. Great post!

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