How To Read And Study The Holy Bible

Last week, we looked at a video by Rev. Matthew Harrison about Martin Luther's simple way to pray.

I was thinking about that again today and then I came across this brief additional help about praying before reading and studying the Bible as found in my new Lutheran Study Bible that I wanted to share with you.



How To Read And Study The Holy Bible

As you open your Bible to read and study, begin with this little prayer, drawn directly from Scripture passages.

PRAY: Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.
REMEMBER: 1 Samuel 3:9; the Lord speaks to us through His Word

PRAY: Please show me now Your ways,
REMEMBER:
Exodus 33:13; the Lord speaks to us in two basic ways: Law and Gospel.


PRAY: that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but that which comes through faith in Christ. REMEMBER: Philippians 3:8-9; Scripture teaches us about Christ and His righteousness.

PRAY: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Give me life, O Lord, according to Your Word,
REMEMBER:
Psalm 119:105-107; Scripture faithfully guides our lives.


PRAY: and I will declare Your greatness. Amen.
REMEMBER:
Psalm 145:6; Scripture leads us to declare the Lord's ways to others.


In a Lutheran Layman's terms, let's approach personal Bible Study and prayer with the kind of reverence it deserves, and with an understanding that it's through His Word that the Lord primarily speaks to us.

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with Lutheran doctrine -- in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word -- so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]
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