When we read and pray through the Bible, we are making choice to spend time with God and Jesus. We see God’s power, might, love, mercy and sense of justice revealed as we read and pray through the Old Testament. We also draw closer to our creator and become more in tune with God. Even Jesus spent time reading and praying through the scriptures in the synagogue.
In the New Testament we encounter Jesus, God made flesh. In reading and praying through the New Testament we come to know the compassion, forgiveness, grace, and love of neighbor – parts of God that Jesus more fully revealed to us. Through Jesus Christ we gain a more complete understanding of who God is and who we are called to be as a child of God and as a disciple of Christ.
As we read and pray through the scriptures, the Holy Spirit comes alongside us to help us understand, to gain insights, and to live out our faith. The Holy Spirit also bring sus the words to teach our faith to our children and as we share our faith with the stranger. The Spirit guides us as we live out our faith through acts of mercy and compassion, helping us to live out the love, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, and power we find in God and in Christ Jesus.
As we read and pray through the scriptures, we not only come to know and understand God and Jesus better, but also to sense our own personal call to share our faith with the broken world in which we live. By sharing our faith, we express both an act of worship to God and an act of thanksgiving for the many ways in which He blesses our lives. In James 4:8 we read: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”. May we draw near so that we may draw others near as well!
Scripture reference: Psalm 78: 1-4 and 12-16