“He who has prayed well has studied well.” –Martin Luther
Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a brilliant man who knew that to “study well” menat to pray before we study, as we study and after we study. We not only pray for an understanding of God’s Word but also for a delight in it and desire to obey what He has taught us. We don’t study the Bible in order to impress people but so that we can express eternal truth and the Spirit use it to change lives, beginning with the preacher. If we’re too busy not pray, we’re too busy. if we don’t receive fresh illumination and application, we are not growing a swe should. “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from your law” (Ps. 119:18).
I thank God for teachers who have enriched my life. they are God’s gift to the church. But I want the Spirit to take their words, written or spoken, and write them on my heart in a personal way (2 Cor. 3:1-3, 18). We must pray over what others teach us and ask God to make the trust alive and exciting in our own hearts. Only then can the Word be alive and exciting as we share it with others. Read Psalm 119 and mare the prayers in that chapter, for the psalmist knew that he could not understand the Word or obey it unless he prayed for insight and power.
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