I remember a song we used to sing in Sunday school when I was younger:
Read your Bible, Pray everyday
Pray everyday. Pray everyday
Read your Bible, Pray everyday
If you want to grow.
I’m sure you also have learnt this short and beautiful song, except you didn’t grow up in church. But whatever your case is, this little song wields in its lyrics, a timeless proven truth that has often been forgotten by ‘growing’ Christians.
Jesus never grew out of the scriptures. Instead, his father’s words were a constant guide to his life’s purpose, the basis of His principles, the fuel to his authority, the source of power over temptations, and the strength to do God’s will completely. Little wonder he kept saying “It is written” or “that the scriptures might be fulfilled…”
The word is Power and it is perfect. Psalm 18: 30 (ESV) says “This God–his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” God’s word – in the Bible – has been proven time and again in people’s lives, and will never be out of relevance.
This Book seems to the 21st century Christian, an old fashioned book. I hear Christians say to their friends “Leave Bible, and let’s face reality.” What can be more real that this God-breathed word?
It is the only book that carries a lifelong transforming power behind every letter. It is through this mirror that we see the reflection of our character. It crosses the boundaries of time, age, race and civilization to touch the heart of anyone that dares to open it. Its truth dictates the course of humanity and the universe at large and its examples will ever be applicable till world-end.
In which other book do you get the privilege, as you read to converse with the author, to enter his mind and grasp d meaning of the words both in itself and in context to your situation? Which author writes and gives readers ability to do what he writes? Which single volume permeates every sphere of human life, contains speaking instructions on how to live life to the fullest best? None other than the Bible!
But we let this gather dust on our shelves, or night stands, or at best, behind our pillow. We are quick to forget that it’s not wielding the leather-bound, paperback or hard cover book that sends evil fleeing, but the “entrance (opening) of the Word” that gives light (wisdom and understanding) in our situations. Ps 119:97-104,130.
We buy our beautiful Bibles and then refuse to open it except in Church on Sundays – which is largely insufficient. Our principles are supposed to be founded on the word, and not what the TV and newspapers say or what is politically correct.
But the sad truth is that Christians apply principles without looking up the Bible for validation. Just because it’s taught in Church doesn’t mean it is true.
Act 17:11: Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true (NIV).
I love the 1st century AD Berean Christians, who, even though when someone as respected as Paul taught, they still checked up what he said with the words of their Lord, and God, Jesus Christ. Do you do that?
We do more of prayer, without even knowing that understanding God’s word provides us the right words to pray. It also tells us what not to pray – you know it’s not everything that God wants us to pray about; there are some issues that get settled just by following some particular instructions in the Bible.
2Ti 3:15 – And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
I think we largely miss out on God’s workings and ways because of our ignorance of the word. So just remember, “Read your Bible, pray every day, if you want to grow!”
God looks for Word wielders, those who will rightly divide the word of truth and live out the Word in their daily lives to the glory of His name. Will you be one?