Even as Christians, sin lingers in our shadow. In this lab, Pastor John instructs us on how to pray for the light of God’s grace to expel our darkness.
Principle for Bible Reading
Turn Bible Study into Prayer
We all need to be reminded from time to time that the Bible is not a text to be merely dissected, analyzed, and mined for new insights. God dissects us through his Word: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Therefore our Bible study must be inseparable from prayer. Our engagement with a text is not complete when we understand the passage. Pray God’s Word. Pray prayers inspired by God’s Word. Pray that God would change you by his Word.
- How often do you pray about your sin? When you do, what do you tend to pray?
- How does the Psalmist pray about his sin in Psalm 19:12–13? Can you think of other examples in Scripture where people prayed about their sin?
- Are there any presumptuous sins that threaten to have dominion over you? Make it a point to pray earnestly against these sins this week.