We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing.
Let’s be honest, how many times have we prayed and prayed only to go without an answer? What if I could show you a secret in the Word of God that, if followed, guaranteed results? Too good to be true? Last week we discussed abiding in Christ, so this week we are going to dive into how to get Christ’s Word in us. Let’s get started…
John 15:7 – If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. The promise of the Word of God here is simple: ask what “you” will and it shall be done for you!
The question is how do you get the Word of God to abide (dwell in; be a part of) you? We find the key to doing this in Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Did you catch the key? It is that we meditate on the Word continuously.
Meditate in the Hebrew means to murmur; by implication, to ponder: imagine, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter. If you meditate on His Word, then you are doing so much more than just casually reading the Word, you are in fact reading and rereading and speaking it out loud to yourself on a continuously. SO, simply put, meditating on the Word of God is done by reading the Word, speaking the Word and hearing yourself speak the Word. It reminds us of another passage of scripture: Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
John 6:63 – It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life. It is through the Word of God, that we see, speak and hear that God designed to bring abundant life into our very being. John 10:10b – I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (or; more life than you could ever live!)
What was it that the Psalmist David said kept him from sinning against God? Psalms 119:11 – Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. The reason was, and still is: Hiding God’s Word in your heart. It is no wonder that so many in the body of Christ has times of powerless prayer, we don’t put enough emphases on meditating on His Word. We allow the things of this world to take preeminence in our lives, so we neglect meditating on the Word of God and the natural outcome of this is powerless prayer.
Just a note of caution here, don’t pattern your prayer life after someone else, let God the Father pattern your prayer life as He sees fit! Just because someone you know spends 4 hours per day praying doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to do the same. Joel 2:7 – They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks. The army of God is marching together side by side in rank and perfect formation but we need to understand that everyone is marching in his “own” ways. You are an unique creation, created by God for a particular purpose. There is no other like you. God didn’t intend for us to all be the exact same being. If you are spending you time trying to be someone else then there is something missing in the army of God…you are!
Our challenge for this week: dig into the Word of God and spend some time meditating on what we read so that we can get Christ’s Words in us. I trust that doing so will transform your life and then you can be prosperous and be a good success!
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