Understanding The Bible
Show Yourself Approved Unto God," 2 Timothy 2:15
J. Deering, AncientPath.net
Lesson 1 - Pray Over You and the Word
No Bible study should be attempted without being Spiritually prepared through prayer to God. He wrote the book. He wants you to understand Him and His word, therefore first seek Him. Pray intelligently about your intentions in this bible study. Seek God and ask Him for guidance and understanding. Take some prayerful breaks and meditate upon the words you have read. Continue to pray for guidance and leave your mind open to the influence of God's Holy Spirit to bring truth.
A Format for Prayer...
Pray To The Father
Pray Through The Son, Jesus Christ
Pray In The Holy Spirit
(Matthew 6:5-8; Hebrews 10:19-22; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:18)
Pray Without Sin or Disobedience
(Psalms 66:18; 1 John 1:9)
Pray In Obedience and Righteous Walk
(1 John 3:22)
1. Set aside time to Pray
2. Retreat to a quiet setting to Pray
3. Begin your Prayers with close communication with God
4. Add Praise to your Prayers
5. Let Him know your failures and sins, with a repentant heart
6. Pray specifically about your need
7. Focus your Prayers on Learning from God's Word
8. According to Mark 11:24 - Desire your prayers to be answered
Move to the Next Lesson: Lesson 2 - "Read the Word"