Spiritually Strong (Week 2)
Welcome back! We're on for week 2 of Spiritually Strong.
So last week we discussed the first three chapters of Spiritually Strong by Kristen Feola. One of the things that we will take forward from that discussion is the need to exercise our muscles. We cannot expect to be able to do the heavy lifting often required of our spiritual walks and journeys, or be able to snatch others from the enemy's grasp if we do not get in the "gym" and exercise those muscles.
So the two muscles we are going to exercise this week are bible study and prayer. Generally, we often think we do bible study well because we follow a reading plan on the Bible app. Not so. Bible study is when you're really digging into the scriptures for yourself. Not just reading but observing and interpreting scripture. Its when you correlate the verses which are when we check the cross-references to see what else God has to say about a topic because to fully understand what God has to say about a thing, you need to read everything He says on that thing. Then after you've read and interpreted and correlated scripture, you then need to work on the application. It is one thing to know what the Bible says and what it means but it’s a whole other ball game to apply it to your everyday life and allow Scripture to completely manifest itself in your life and transform your mind and actions.
Then, there is prayer. How often do we simply commune and talk to God without actually asking Him for anything? Majority of the time when we think of prayer its because we're coming with petition and intercession (i.e. asking Him for stuff). But how often do we simply thank God and share with Him like we would a friend? Or consult Him on the decisions we are making, even down to what we will wear or eat? So let's share some of the important aspects of prayer:
It should happen consistently, regularly.
To not pray, is actually sin (See 1Samuel 12:23)
Prayer is something you actually learn; the disciples asked to be taught how to pray.
There are also different postures in praying (kneeling, bowing, standing, lying prostrate)
The most effective prayer is one that is prayed with power and authority, which you can only get from the Lord.
Prayer generally has four elements: adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. We know this from the Lord's Prayer that Jesus taught the disciples (Matthew 6:9-13). Jesus gave us a perfect template on prayer that you can use. Start with praying that prayer then branch out to change up the prayer yet still use the same guideline of adoration, then confession, the thanksgiving, then supplication. Yet on the flip side, we learn that prayer has some do nots. One of the major ones being arrogance and pride, praying simply to be seen or steady repeating the same thing over and over as if chanting (Matthew 6:5-7).
Your task this week is to spend every day praying and studying the bible. When you pray this week, listen for God. Many times He responds by revelation of His Word, which is why you pray then study His Word.
Have you learned anything new about prayer and bible study this week? In what new way will you take prayer and bible study deeper this week? And how can we pray for you this week?