I remember hearing a long time ago some wise women or man of God saying, “Start with 5 minutes in the Word and before you know it, it will be an hour and you won’t even realize it.” I can’t remember who… I’ve sat under many over the past 17 years. I see some of your faces as I type and oh am I grateful for you.
I also recall thinking, you are nuts! An hour in any book much less one I struggle to understand.
It did begin with 5 minutes. 5 minutes of mind wandering, slow reading of usually a devotional sometimes the Bible. How could I watch hours of “E” tv but not read the words that were written by God Almighty. I don’t know but it was a start. You’ve heard it, you have to start somewhere.
Then about 8 years ago a dear wise women of God said, “Pray before you read.” Not only did she tell me to pray, she showed me how. Once again, thank you Lord for wise biblical counsel! If you don’t have these people in your life, get them.
This was not a prayer… please forgive me for cussing, forgive me for not going to church, or sorry God for fulfilling my needy desires with online shopping. Although repentance is important and necessary. This was not a prayer of God I need this or that. This was a prayer… God, I know the answers are in this book. I desire to know your ways and love you only. Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. Psalm 119:18 One of my favorite scriptures to pray.
There are many other scriptures you could pray. Here is a list of a few: Isaiah 40:8, Psalm 25:5, Psalm 119:27, 2 Samuel 7:28, Psalm 119:103, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
This is praying the will of God in your life. He wants us to seek Him and know Him. Two ways we can know Him more are praying for knowledge and understanding and then read/study His Word.
I am now at the point where I look up and an hour has passed reading and studying His Word and to be honest I don’t usually want to close this precious book. But, a shower needs to be taken and we are called to go live and proclaim this beautiful Truth that God loves us so much He sent Jesus to save us and through Jesus we have Life!
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV
There are several other steps that have helped me engage in God’s word but for today I encourage you to start with 5 minutes and most importantly Pray! God has answered my prayer and I delight in his Word and he will answer your prayer too. Thanks be to God!
A great study I recommend is Open Your Bible by Rachel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams.
Friends, I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people. Ephesians 1:16-18