Scripture and Prayer Bible study method – Quiet Time Tip #5
For most of my Christian life, my time in the scriptures has been good, but my prayer time has been weak. In trying to figure out a routine for both that really worked for me, I stumbled upon this method… and it has worked tremendously!
I’ve come to call it the “Scripture and Prayer” method because it centers around meditation on scripture and a prayer response to what you have read and considered.
It’s one of my favorite ways to spend time with the LORD in the scriptures!
Before I give you a full-blown description of how the scripture and prayer plan works…
there are two scriptural truths that have helped it to be of particular value to me:
- God answers our prayers when we ask things He wants to give us (1 John 5:14).
- Our hearts are sick without Christ. We can’t even have the right desires if God does not give them to us (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10-18)
These two, very different scriptural truths combine to help me with this study method in two ways…
- As I realize that I am unable to do what scripture is instructing me to do (Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10-18), I find myself more dependent on God, and more eager to see Him work in my life to overcome my natural wretchedness.
- So, I ask Him to do in me what the passages instruct me to do… the very things I cannot do on my own. And believing that what He instructs me to be is what He desires me to be, I have great confidence that He will do what I’m asking Him to do, because I’m praying according to His will (1 John 5:14)
Those two truths have encouraged me in my daily walk with the LORD countless times.
Because of them, I’m typically eager, hopeful, and excited to meet with Him. I can’t wait to see what wonderful things He desires for me, that I will be able to understand and ask Him for as I meet with Him.
And I find myself more eagerly looking for His work being fulfilled in my life, because I know He will answer my prayers for these types of things!
BENEFITS OF THE SCRIPTURE AND PRAYER METHOD
- You will develop a greater appreciation for what the scriptures are saying.
- You will learn to pray biblical prayers, prayers that ask God for the things He delights to give to His children.
- You will be able to incorporate your personal Bible study and personal prayer together, with some limitations… in other words, you will be able to study the scriptures and pray during the same daily time. But your “prayer list” will have to be addressed in some other way.
- You can use any passage of the Bible, though the New Testament Epistles and the Psalms and Proverbs lend themselves to this method particularly well.
TOOLS YOU’LL NEED
- A trustworthy Bible translation (ESV, NIV, NASB, NKJV, KJV, RSV)
- A notebook or journal, or a Bible with wider margins (I first began this method by writing things in my Bible margins, but have now decided to use a journal to record more extended thoughts and prayers.)
HOW TO DO IT
- Read the passage you’ve selected, verse at a time, seeking to understand what the author is saying about God and His relationship with people/the world. Take it in bite-sized pieces.
- Jot down what the passage says about God’s attitude toward people, His actions toward them, and what He requires or instructs of the people in question.
- Pray the verse back to God, personalizing as you go (a brief example is below).
- Write out your prayer if that is helpful to you.
Then move on to the next section of your passage. However, this method is very flexible. You can stop mid-way through a chapter if time does not allow you to continue, or you can do more if you are able.
What do you think about how the scripture and prayer aspects of this method work together? Describe how it might benefit you.
This post is reworked from my book, “RECHARGE“by