Spirit: Prayer and God’s Word (Devotion)

  "We will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word"
(Acts 6:4)

Prayer and the Word are inseparably linked together; power in the use of one depends on the presence of the other. The Word shows me the path of prayer, telling me how God would have me act. It gives me the power for prayer, the assurance that I will be heard. And it brings me the answer to prayer, as it teaches what God will do for me. In turn, prayer prepares the heart for receiving the Word from God Himself, for the teaching of the Spirit to give spiritual understanding.

It is clear why this is so. Prayer and the Word have one common centre-God. Prayer seeks God; the Word reveals God. In prayer, man asks God; in the Word God answers man. In prayer, man rises to heaven to dwell with God; in the Word, God comes to dwell with man. Prayer and the Word will be a blessed fellowship with God, the interchange of thought and love and life, a dwelling in God and God in us. Seek God and live!

Reflection
Do you use God’s Word as a basis for your prayers?
How might your prayer life be strengthened if incorporated the Bible more often?

: Devotion - from 'The Best of Andrew Murray'


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The Work And The Life (2).

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