Prayer is a conversation with God. Many people say this and say that they believe this, but I fear that many people don’t really know what they’re saying when they say that. I think what they mean is that prayer is when I get to talk to God. But when does he respond? Certainly not in the way that we typically have a conversation. It’s because when we pray, we don’t necessarily look for God to respond, because we are the ones who are responding.
Today I want to take a moment try to help connect your daily reading with your daily prayers.
On a typical day, our Creek Reading consists of two to three chapters from the Old Testament, one chapter or less of the New Testament, a Psalm and a verse or two from Proverbs. This may seem like a lot, but really only takes about 10 minutes.
Prayer is a conversation with God, but not in the sense that we typically think. For prayer to be a conversation, there has to be dialogue, a conversation isn’t monologue. In prayer we respond to God’s Word that he has spoken in the Bible.
If prayer is a response to God and our knowledge of him then we can converse better with him by spending time with him. And if you’re waiting for God to meet you in the garden alone then I hate to burst your bubble, but it is not going to happen. You spend time with God not in some mystical way, but rather by spending time in his Word. We get our prayer vocabulary by seeing the way that those in Scripture pray. We understand better how to communicate with God by understanding better the way that he has communicated with us.
Here are a couple of tips to connect your Bible reading and your prayer time:
- Write down a couple things that you learned about God in your reading and then praise God for those attributes
- Think about different ways that you haven’t lived up to some of the commands in Scripture and then ask forgiveness.
- Pray the Psalm (more on this from Pastor Zach soon).
Friends, to really reap the most from our reading and prayer times, they cannot be disconnected! Next time you do your Bible reading, give these practices a try.