Most years I challenge myself and others to read through the Bible. I think it is a beneficial discipline and blessing whether we achieve all or part. I would like to add a new dimension to your reading. It is called 'praying God’s Word.'
I have noticed that some of our Baptist leaders are 'praying God’s Word'. This adds a new aspect to your reading. Several authors, including Beth Moore, have written articles and books on 'praying God’s Word'. If spiritual leaders use and encourage this method, we should take a look.
First, why should we 'pray God’s Word?' Hebrews 4:12 says God’s Word is alive and full of power. So we are praying words back to God that change life and energize us.
I Corinthians 2:16 says "we have the mind of Christ." The written word is the written mind of Christ, and the Holy Spirit gives us the communication on the mind of Christ.
II Corinthians 10:4 says we "have divine power to demolish strongholds." Praying God’s Word is a divine weapon.
John 17:7 says God’s word is truth. When we pray God’s Word, we are praying truth back to God in prayer. Sometimes our prayers are not truth. For example, we pray for God to be with us. If we are a follower of
Jesus through salvation, He is with us constantly because His Spirit lives in us.
How do we pray God’s Word? As you read His Word, there will be verses that stand out. Take the verse or a portion and pray it back to God. Jeremiah 31:3 says, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." You might say, 'Thank you Father for demonstrating a love to me that is not dependent upon my feelings.'
Maybe you will try this dimension of 'praying God’s Word' as you continue reading through the Bible in 2014.