In our MULTIPLY groups this week we have looked at “Why study the Scriptures?” In our discussion last night, I shared how learning a variety of approaches to studying the Bible keeps things fresh.
As I was talking about some of the methods, I realized there are two “fail safes” in my practice I try to keep active. When I am studying and using different methods, there are times when things may “dry up.” The longer I have walked with the Lord, the quicker I can recognize in my spirit when passion for the Word is drying up a bit.
If I am in a particular mode of study and things seem to grind to a halt, there are two places I go to keep the discipline going and use those methods to pray the Scripture.
One is an old practice of the Church. It’s the Daily Office. I don’t know a lot about it (being Pentecostal) but I do know the routine is life-giving to me. Plus… there is a site for that where I can follow morning and evening readings and prayers. It is so helpful to keep me on track.
The other place I go is what I call “ancient wells.” These are familiar Scriptures to me and I will pray my way through the list. By the time I reach the end, my spirit is refreshed and I am ready for the next action in my study.
My “ancient wells”:
Find ways to keep the Word active in your life!