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Posted on March 5, 2013 at 12:45 AM

I remember a long long time ago a conversation that I had with a member of a congregation. And this person explained that the reason why they didn't go to Bible study was because they didn't understand the Bible. After recovering from my initial shock and confusion, I asked, "Well, do you read and study it on your own ?" "No," the person replied, "I told you I don't understand it so I don't bother. I get what I need on Sunday." I was incredulous ! I was also incredulous when another individual said similar things about prayer. They don't pray because they don't understand prayer. That would be like saying "I don't talk to my wife because I don't understand what it means to have a conversation and I don't want to learn." That would reveal the depth of my relationship with my wife. Our unwillingness to be engaged in Bible study and prayer is a good measuring tool for our relationship with the Lord. In the Season of Lent, in which we engage in a 40 day period of self examination to root out sin patterns and obstacles to growth, it is important that we discern what roadblocks we have towards the study of scripture and to praying. In Acts 6 it says that the Apostles "devoted" themselves to prayer and to the word. the Greek word, proskarteresomen that we translete as "devoted" means "to be contant", "to pay steadfast attention", "to continue all the time in a place", "to persevere" and "to adhere to". To be devoted to something is more than a casual committment. It becomes everything. The reason it becomes everything is because of who these things point to. The study of scripture is not for the primary purpose of knowing infomation but knowing the Messiah-King, Jesus Christ. The purpose of prayer is not about getting stuff, but is about getting real close to Jesus. Prayer and the study of scripture are the measuring sticks of how devoted we are to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. What is needed is not more information on how to study the Bible, nor more teaching on how to pray. What is needed is that we change our mindset and be DEVOTED  to the things of prayer and the study of His Word. Just devote yourself to the effort. By being devoted, prayer and scripture becomes the air we breathe. In this Season of Lent, ask yourself this question: How devoted am I to prayer and to the study of scripture ? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you become more devoted !

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7 Comments

Reply Kate
8:35 AM on March 21, 2013 
I would think that reading the Bible, totally, is similiar to reading a history book. This is how I would view this exercise. Of course one has to love history to read it, which I thank God, I do!
Reply Bernie McGale
6:26 PM on March 5, 2013 
Kate says...
Actually, this was me for years!! Just go to church on Sundays and have that "good feeling" for going and understanding the sermon. However, since this past October, with changes within our church, we have been exposed to more "history" of the Bible times and the sermons give an understanding between old and new Testaments(*).. My Father new the Bible , maybe not chapter and verse, but had the understanding of the content and times. I just wish here were here now, that I could question and quiz him.

So good to hear Kate.
Reply Kate
5:25 PM on March 5, 2013 
Actually, this was me for years!! Just go to church on Sundays and have that "good feeling" for going and understanding the sermon. However, since this past October, with changes within our church, we have been exposed to more "history" of the Bible times and the sermons give an understanding between old and new Testaments(*).. My Father new the Bible , maybe not chapter and verse, but had the understanding of the content and times. I just wish here were here now, that I could question and quiz him.
Reply Bernie McGale
3:16 PM on March 5, 2013 
Doug Blair says...
Duty will never get the job done. The key is the love response. If people struggling with religious exercise would simply engage in a clear translation of ,say, Luke's Gospel they would see the winsomeness of the man Christ Jesus. Then they must cultivate the newfound fascination. For a while, forget ethics and lifestyle. Focus on Jesus, Jesus, the Cross and beyond. Love arrives! The spiritual food and exercise of scripture and prayer become delightful. Welcome to the vibrant Family! Doug

Hey Doug. Thanks for the comment. That is correct.Being "devoted" is not about "duty" but love. Like a husband and wife who are devoted to each other. The relationship remains intentional rather than a duty like a chore.
Reply Doug Blair
2:05 PM on March 5, 2013 
Duty will never get the job done. The key is the love response. If people struggling with religious exercise would simply engage in a clear translation of ,say, Luke's Gospel they would see the winsomeness of the man Christ Jesus. Then they must cultivate the newfound fascination. For a while, forget ethics and lifestyle. Focus on Jesus, Jesus, the Cross and beyond. Love arrives! The spiritual food and exercise of scripture and prayer become delightful. Welcome to the vibrant Family! Doug
Reply Marty
9:22 AM on March 5, 2013 
I suspect that as soon as the disciples had to appoint deacons so that they could devote themselves to prayer (Acts) that Satan began his attack of "It's their job to pray, I don't have to."
Reply Gail Dudley
7:12 AM on March 5, 2013 
Powerful reminder.