Praying the Bible: To Treasure the Word

Woman-Praying-3 (1)I grew up in the San Fernando Valley in southern California, and on a hill overlooking the north side of the valley is the “Odyssey,” a restaurant known for its broad view (if there’s no smog!), special events (we held our wedding reception there), and a mouth-watering buffet overloaded with great food.  The super-sized buffet provides an unusual dose of dining sensory overload.  I just gained two pounds thinking about it.

The world is a different kind of buffet—we are offered, in every imaginable way, a myriad of beliefs and philosophies, most of which will destroy us if we swallow them.  To top it off, we encounter a daily buffet of our own thoughts and feelings which are often untrue, unhelpful, or downright distasteful.  Sometimes we pick at these buffets, and sometimes we eat until we are stuffed.  Then we regret it.

To keep us craving what is good and true, we need a healthy diet of God’s Word, the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.  To grow spiritually, we must treasure God’s Word as our very sustenance.  As we feed upon it, His thoughts become our thoughts, and His ways become our ways.

As you consider what your soul is feeding upon and how it is affecting you, here are a few verses to pray through today . . .

Sunday Prayer Time:

That I may treasure and value Scripture more than anything else, and that by it the Lord will transform my thinking and living.

“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” (I Peter 2:2)

“He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)

“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.  Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:7-11)

Have a blessed Sunday!

Cheryl

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