This week’s blog will wrap up this series of blogs on the benefits and importance of Bible Study and reading your Bible daily. I can not express enough how important Bible Study is to your spiritual well-being and your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Many Christians do not understand why they are struggling in their Christian walk and why their prayers seem to go unanswered. They do not see Bible study is the key to answered prayer. This may sound strange to some, considering they usually view answered prayer from a behavioral perspective. Terms like trust, submission, and patience are typically associated with effective prayer. Of course, these are behavioral ingredients for answered prayer but they are not the key that unlocks the door. Read carefully the words of Jesus Christ in John 15:7-8 KJV, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
That says to me a close, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and Bible study are inseparable because I do not love Jesus if I’m not studying His words. How can you love someone that you don’t really know? You will not study the Bible if you don’t love Jesus.
How do you get to know someone?
By listening to how they think, to what they have to say, and learning about them and what they like and don’t like. Is it to be any different from getting to know Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour?
Bible study and love for Jesus Christ show us the harmony of devotion and discipline. These are two sides of the same key that unlocks the blessings of God upon our prayers. When we love Jesus Christ, when we value the majesty and goodness of His person above all else, our perspective on answered prayers becomes radically changed. We will view God’s “No,” “Yes,” and/or “Wait” to our prayers as all good, wise, powerful, and blessed answers. This is the essence of “not my will but thine be done.” On the other hand, Bible study enlightens us to know and understand why and how God’s no, yes, and wait to our prayers are all good answers to prayers. Thus, if you will think about it carefully, there is no such thing as unanswered prayers in the Christian’s life. God’s no, yes, and wait are all good, wise, and powerful answers to our prayers.
Nonetheless, our human nature still pulls us to be curious about how we can get God’s “Yes” in our prayers. When Jesus used the phrase “it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7 KJV), it is reasonable to think that it refers to the desires of our hearts. The answer to this is simple: as long as our requests, dreams, wishes, aspirations, and goals are in line with the words of Jesus Christ and will bring glory and honor to Him, He will answer that prayer with yes: that is, “It shall be done unto you.” Therefore, always examine your desires through faithful Bible study. The Bible conforms us to God’s desire and to the image of His Dear Son.
How is your prayer life going today?