“The greatest explorer on this earth never takes voyages as long as those of the man who descends to the depth of his heart” Julien Green. Watch this, depth is a matter of the heart. We are still talking about practical steps to deepen ourselves in God’s truth. Continuing on some more practical steps to deepen our hearts in God’s word.
- You must be someone who meditates on the word.
- I recall times when I have woken up and preparing to study God’s word, but then I find myself being quiet and think about or internally focusing on a particular Biblical text. For example, one of my favourite scriptures “The Lord has caused me to lift up my hands in triumph over my enemies (anything which has come to steal and to kill and to destroy is an enemy) and all my foes are destroyed.” Read Micah 5:9. Now I engage with the word in quietness and rest; and constantly utter the words under my breadth, or at times, totally quiet and listening in to what is being communicated to my human spirit. A popular verse we are all used to “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it.” Read Joshua 1:8 (AMPC). Hence I said, meditation open your eyes to deeper insight, and gives you something to do. Recall the scripture saying, “The Lord showed me something in a vision. Then He asked, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” I answered, “A branch of almonds that ripen early.” Read Jeremiah 1:11 (CEV). In this verse, we can see the importance of sight; but not just insight; accurate insight, and that my friend comes from meditation, Hallelujah, Glory to God. I can’t over-emphasize this point enough; meditation is key and critically important to revelation from God’s word. Watch this, “May my spoken words and unspoken thoughts be pleasing even to you, Oh Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.” Read Psalm 19:14 (AMP). In other words, meditation is both a spoken and unspoken thought, Selah.
- The Bible says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Read Isaiah 40:31 (KJV). This is important for us to see this truth; WAITING in meditation leads to RENEWED STRENGTH, QUICKENS MY FEET, CAUSES ACCELERATION, ENERGIZES AND MAKES STRONG. Again, we see the key word is wait; so endeavour to patiently wait on the Lord, His word and His voice. Recall the scripture which says, “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” In other words, as we begin to meditate on the word of God, we are satisfied and nutrients are released into our human spirit; then we are nourished. Over the years in my walk with the Lord, I have come to appreciate solitude. As you begin to get into deep meditations in God, it helps you embrace the future with joy and hope. And as we begin to mature in the things of God, we appreciate even more than ever times of quietness, rest and solitude.
- You must be someone who prays.
- “One day Jesus told His disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must keep praying until the answer comes.” Read Luke 18:1 (TLB). Let us check out this beautiful verse and what it says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NKJV). I believe these quotes on prayer can help us better understand concept of prayer.
- “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado.
- “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” – Corrie ten Boom.
- “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.” – Mother Teresa.
- “I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.” – Abraham Lincoln.
- These are some beautiful quotes on prayer right above us. And I know there are several definitions out there about what prayer is, however, I want to submit this very simple thought; prayer is acknowledging God’s promises from His word, reminding God of His promises, embracing what grace has made available and being thankful for what He has already made available before the foundations of the earth. Prayer is not a chore, it is a discipline, it is relational. And when we see it from this perspective, I believe prayer would become a thing of joy and pleasure. There are those who have treated prayer as a last resort; so they do everything else but pray, and when things become very desperate, a sudden light bulb moment occurs and they remember praying to God. This should not be so, prayer should not be an after thought. And the Bible has clearly said, we have help in the person of the Holy Spirit who helps us to pray as we ought, therefore beloved, we are not handicapped. Oh I love this, when we pray, we pray the word, in other words we are bringing God’s word back to Him in remembrance of what He has said, and He cannot deny Himself. For Him to deny Himself is for God to say, His word means absolutely nothing. But we know that is not true, because Gods word is His will, His thoughts and His mind. Quite frankly beloved, prayer is bringing God’s word before Him.
I encourage you to look out for the next post because there are still some basic steps I want to share with you, and I believe you would be tremendously blessed by it. I would appreciate your feedback and comments to let us know how our posts have been a blessing to you.
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