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Interacting with God While Reading the Bible

As my relationship with Jesus grows, I find myself more eager to pray as I read the Scriptures. In the past, reading the Bible seemed necessary and helpful. I wanted desperately to please God, so reading the Bible was like hunting for clues to help me live well in His eyes. My relationship to God was more performance based at that time.

Today, my eyes are slightly more open to my desperate need for Him to help me put His word into practice. One or two pieces of pride in my own abilities has fallen off. My desire to please Him is the same but my source of help is changing.

So as I read, I find myself stopping to interact with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. (I get confused about who I am praying to sometimes – so I want to cover my bases).  Here’s an example of praying as I read a section of Psalm 119 this morning:

25 I am laid low in the dust;  preserve my life according to your word.
Thank you for your word and all the ways your have preserved my life with it so far. I am struggling with my emotions, please help, strengthen me with verses of hope and truth of your love and presence in my life.

26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.
Thank you for hearing my confession and forgiving me. Show me if I have unconfessed sin. Reveal to me the truth in the scriptures so that I stay away from sin and temptation.

27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
Knowing you makes me more amazed and excited to be yours. Help me to know you more.

28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
You know the weariness of my soul and the whys behind it. Bring your word to my broken places and strengthen me so I am a great witness to others of your power, love and sound mind.

29 Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.
Let your Holy Spirit that lives within me lead me away from all that is not of you or for you. Your word has helped me in this so much. Strengthen me even more to want to live according to your instructions.

This way of interacting with God when reading His word might be a no-brainer to you. It is something I am learning to do as I recognize my need for His help in living for Him. It feels more like a relationship with Him instead of a responsibility to Him. It is an answer to my prayer of wanting to understand and experience the “relationship” with Him that people talk about.

How do you interact with the Scriptures? I’d love to learn from you and invite you to share your experiences in the comment section.  Thanks

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

8 Replies

  1. Nancy Ellis

    Thank you for sharing that with us! This seems right up my alley. I pray and then do my reading and at times pick it up again in the car waiting for the grandchildren or while my husband is watching tv and how awesome it will be to pray as I read his word and not have my time in compartments. I still will cherish my prayer closet time with God and my burst’s of prayer during the day. Your the best girlfriend!

  2. Jennifer White

    Nancy you inspire me with your devotion to God. Thanks for reading my posts and encouraging me with your words. May our God open new doors of intimacy between you and Him.

  3. I find myself talking to God too: “What in the world do You mean by that?!!” and such. I’ve also noticed that my journaling notes get less formal: “Huh?”

    1. Jennifer White

      Jenny – you just put the biggest smile on my face. Love that you are experiencing that closeness with Him.

  4. Wonderfully inspiring post, thank you for sharing it!

  5. Alyssa

    Thanks, Jennifer for the inspiring responses to God’s Word. I wish I were more articulate in my prayers, rather than, “Yeah God, help me with that.” Thanks for an illustration of really taking it in. God bless you Jennifer!

    1. Jennifer White

      Alyssa – I think – Yeah God – help me with that – is perfectly acceptable. Not one of us communicates with him the same as the other. Ask Him to confirm for you how He’d like you to interact with him and go from there. My post is just one example.

  6. Rosella Kasper

    Thanks Jennifer! You always inspire me with new ideas that spur growth. I’ve read the Bible before as “duty”. This is the first time I’ve really devoured the Bible because I really want an intimate relationship with Him and not out of duty. I can’t begin to describe the difference it has made. I will take what you are doing to heart.