If there is one verse that constantly stays with me, it is 1 Corinthians 8:7 “faith comes by hearing the Word.” This is the faith that “delivers and saves” accoding to Luke 18:42. I read the Bible everday becuase I really want to receive that mountain-moving faith that God speaks about in his Word, I want the fire of God to be in my bones. I want to know God’s promises for me and how to inherit the many many many fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22).
Living as a christian means trials and temptations and the Bible as my life guide definitely shows me how to deal with every situation I encounter.
Praise be to God for His goodness!
Rochelle Buchwald tells about the struggle of getting time to read the Bible. Can anyone identify with this? She offers the following steps to help us open the door to God on a daily basis:
Choose a time and place where you won’t be interrupted.
Being in the same place each time will help focus your mind on God.
Select a book of the Bible and begin by reading one verse or short passage at a time.
The point of lectio divina is to read slowly and explore each word in the text.
Let your reading lead you into prayer as it triggers concerns, regrets or desires.
This will help you encounter the living God through His Word.
Write a prayer.
Use the format of a liturgical prayer to write out a response to your reading. Here’s a sample based on the passage in Matthew 14:13-21, where Jesus feeds the 5,000:
Gracious Provider, (address to God)
You fed the multitudes from five small loaves and two fish. (theme from text)
Teach me to have faith in Your power.
And to learn to expect great results from small resources. (develop the petition)
Through Your infinite richness, Amen. (conclusion)