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Developing a Personal Prayer and Bible study

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Connecting to our Creator through the Bible and Prayer

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Connecting with the Scriptures WHY???

My first time having to memorize Scripture (TC) - Ever since, the Word has always come alive for me
John 1:1–3 NSFLB
IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
John 1:14 NSFLB
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:

The Word is alive because the Word is Jesus

The Word is alive because the Word is Jesus
Hebrews 4:12 NSFLB
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Why do we need it?

Why do we need it?
2 Timothy 3:16–17 NSFLB
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Word is presented in 2 different ways to us

The Word is presented in 2 different ways to us

1. Logos - Written

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2. Rhema - Spoken

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Why do we need the Word?

1. It gives us life ()
2. It gives us the life we are suppose to live ()
Why should the Word be important to you?
Why should the Word be important to you concerning others?

Connecting with the Scriptures HOW???

How do I act when there is no connection to the internet? Would I also panic if my connection with God was disrupted for a day?
We keep our connection with God alive by spending time in His Word and in prayer. Then we are to be “doers of the Word” ().
The writer of recognized the importance of a connection to God. He asked God to teach him His statutes and give him understanding of His law (). Then he prayed that he would observe it with his whole heart (), walk in the path of God’s commandments (), and turn away his eyes from looking at worthless things ().
By meditating on God’s Word and then applying it, the psalmist stayed “connected” to God.
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. —
We see how the Word comes alive through the Spirit (; )

Read the chapter and meditate on it.

Pray for God to open your heart and mind and then read through the chapter. Whilst you read (you may need to do it twice) pause and try to understand each verse. Getting hold of a good Bible commentary is excellent for helping you understand the verses, offering additional insight, and confirming what you thought.
Write out a simple outline of the chapter.
Break it down into related sections or verses. E.g. Vs 1-13 is about ……..
Analyse the chapter objectively.
What is God saying to the people in the text or to the person who wrote it? What is the author of the book saying to the intended readers? What are the implications of what the verses say? Are there other passages in the Bible that say the same things? What does the chapter say about the character of God or the condition of man? Write out your questions at this point. Is there anything you don’t understand? Your pastor, youth leader etc can help you find the answers.
Analyse the chapter subjectively.
Write out what you think God is saying to you personally. Be open to what the Holy Spirit is saying to your heart.
Identify the key verse(s) of the chapter.
What is the best verse that sums up the chapter, there may be many like this in one chapter.
Identify your favourite verse.
Select the verse(s) that stood out to you the most. This verse(s) will be the one you want to memorize, share with others, meditate upon etc.
Apply the Word!
tells us to not only hear the Word but to do what it says. It is not enough to just study, you must apply the word to your life.
Analyse the chapter objectively - Analyse the chapter subjectively - Identify the key verse(s) of the chapter - Identify your favourite verse - Apply the Word!
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