Prayers before reading the bible

Prayer Before Reading the Bible – God prepare my Heart for Bible Study

Prayer Before Reading The Holy Bible
Loving Lord and heavenly Father, how I thank You for The holy Scriptures and the truth within its pages.

Thank You for the opportunity to spend time in Your Word and I pray that You would prepare my heart for this time of Bible study.
Help me to set my mind on things above and not on earthly things. Keep away all that would distract me from Your word and develop in me a teachable spirit and ears that listen to Your still small voice,and I pray that the eyes of my heart be open to see all that You want to teach me.

I pray that I may study to show myself approved unto God. Give me insight and understanding as I read and reflect on Your Word and may I mature in the faith, grow in grace and come to a deeper knowledge of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through this time of Bible study, this I ask in Jesus name, Amen

Prayer Before Reading the Bible

Prayer Before Reading the Bible – God prepare my Heart for Bible Study

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Prayer Before Reading the Bible – God prepare my Heart for Bible Study   Prayer Before Reading The Holy Bible Loving Lord and heavenly Father, how I thank You for The holy Scriptures and the truth within its pages. Thank You for the opportunity to spend time in Your Word and I pray that You would prepare my heart for this time of Bible study. Help me to set my mind on things above and not on earthly things. Keep away all that would distract me from Your word and develop in me a teachable spirit and ears that listen…

Prayer Before Reading the Bible – God prepare My Heart for Bible Study

Prayer Before Reading the Bible – God prepare My Heart for Bible Study

2017-10-07

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Before starting your daily readings, begin with prayer. Otherwise, we are treating the Bible as if it was only a human document. The God who gave us Sacred Scripture must open our understanding to comprehend it, and our wills to believe it — and to obey it.

Prayer of St. John Chrysostom

O Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart that I may hear your word,
and understand and do your will, for I am a sojourner upon the Earth.
Hide not your commandments from me, but open my eyes, that I may perceive the wonders of your Law.
Speak unto me the hidden and secret things of your wisdon.
On you do I set my hope, O my God, that you shall enlighten my mind and understanding with the light of your knowledge; not only to cherish those things which are written, but to do them;
That in reading the lives and sayings of the Saints I may not sin, but that such may serve for my restoration, enlightenment and sanctification, for the salvation of my soul, and the inheritance of life everlasting.
For you are the enlightenment of those who lie in darkness, and from you comes every good deed and every gift.

Amen.

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How can Holy Scripture be a means of grace in our lives?

That is a question I’ve been thinking a lot about the past few months as I’ve led a Bible study at my church. We read the Gospel of Luke, meeting weekly on Sunday evenings for about 3 months to discuss the biblical text together. Reading the Scripture in community can be an amazing experience—the insights and experiences of a group can convey a power to what John Wesley called ‘searching the Scriptures’ that is hard to match when reading alone.

One of the points Wesley makes about the use of Scripture as a means of grace that has always struck me is his focus on the active process of receiving the word of God. For instance, Wesley never says that the Bible is a means of grace. His phrase ‘searching the Scriptures’ is meant to emphasize the need to actively engage the biblical text in the rhythms of reading, hearing, and meditating upon it.

Wesley published a translation of the New Testament together with his NT commentary that differs in some respects from the Authorized Version (or KJV) that was the standard English-language translation in his day. Later in life, Wesley republished his New Testament separately. In that later 1790 edition, he included a prayer drawn from the Book of Common Prayer together with this advice: “I advise every one, before he reads the Scripture, to use this or the like prayer.”

Here’s the prayer itself:

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou has given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

It’s a beautiful prayer. The net effect of what he’s encouraging—to hear, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest—is to truly embrace Holy Scripture in its fullness, that we might be transformed in the process.

We do not read the Bible so that we can master it. We read it so that, over time, it comes to master us.

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Prayer Before You Read The Bible

prayers before reading the bible

Speding time in the Word is critical to the spiritual growth of anyone who wants to develop a relationship with God. The Bible tells us about God; who He is, His promises for us, the things that anger Him, the things that please Him and so on. However, I believe there’s a difference between reading the Bible for the sake of reading it, story style, and studying the Bible. Take me for example, I’m currently attempting to read through the whole bible before December 22nd of this year and I’m sharing that journey with you guys via my Bible Book Review series. When I’m doing this, I pick a Bible book and I just read it like I would a novel. This is very different from the time I spend in the mornings studying the bible. Bible study is about quality and not quanitity. It’s about getting information from the Bible that will help with deepen my walk with God, it’s about getting a revelation from the Holy Spirit about the word I’ve read and how it is applicable to me.

That last reason is why I believe saying a prayer before you read the Bible is important. Studying the Bible should be treated as time spent with God. Saying a prayer before you read the bible gives you an opportunity to set your intentions for your study time. What do you want the word to mean to you today? Comfort? Strength? Are you looking for specific answers about troubles in your life? Do you need help making a decision? Do you simply just want to hear from God? Whatever your reason for going into the Word, saying a prayer before you read the Bible is your time to invite the Holy Spirit to guide your study time. This prayer I’ve shared is very simple and it’s what I like to read before I start reading my bible. I hope it’s a blessing to you as you spend time with the Lord.

I’m interested in what your process before you read your Bible looks like. Do you say a prayer before you read the bible?

Heavenly Father,

I am so excited to dedicate this time to you today. I pray that the eyes of my heart will be open as I spend time in your word and I ask for total focus while I read. May I be filled with the didactic spirit that allows me to immerse myself in the word, and discover those hidden messages that will be a blessing to me by revealing who you are and your calling for me. You said in your word that I shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God, let this word be food to my soul and victual for my spirit. As I go through my day, I pray that this word shall not depart from my mouth, instead, I will meditate on it day and night so that I may be careful to do what I have read for then I will be prosperous and successful. Thank you Father for access to this wonderful word that is a guide for my life.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

prayers before reading the bible

prayers before reading the bible

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