What's the relationship between Bible intake and prayer?
Too often, I can approach these two things as roommates - they both live under the same "roof" of the spiritual disciplines, but apart from that they can live pretty normal lives independently of each other. Sure, communication doesn't hurt and some level of interaction is needed. But most roommates also want a fair amount of personal space as well, right?
But what if prayer and Bible intake should be approached more as a healthy marriage? Sure, there are still things that distinguish one from the other - but ongoing communication and shared space are essential. When one spouse isn't around, the other "feels" their absence in marked ways. The other spouse is missed, because of all they add to the interactive relationship.
Seeing Bible intake and prayer as a marriage (instead of as roommates) has done as much to breathe life and health into my practice of these disciplines as anything else. Instead of reading the Bible, then shutting the Bible, then changing gears in my mind, and then trying (struggling?) to pray, I now look for ways my careful reading of God's Word invites me into responding to God in certain ways. I look for how God's Word can send me into biblical prayers for myself, my family, those around me, and faithfully living in the ways God wants me to be living.
And (like most things) this idea isn't original to me. Here are some passages from helpful books that have helped guide me into seeing this connection between Bible intake and prayer - seeing them not as roommates but as a marriage:
How does seeing the relationship between Bible intake and prayer as a healthy marriage (instead of as roommates) change the way you've viewed these spiritual disciplines? What practical ideas can help you connect the dots between you reading of the Bible and your practice of prayer?
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