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I KNOW, I KNOW!!!

I know, I KNOW!


How many times have I said how important it is to have a personal prayer relationship with our heavenly Father?  10 times? 100 times?  1000?  Well here I go again.  Only this time I have some new insight I am gaining for author Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Evangelist Billy Graham, and her book The Daniel Prayer.  If you haven’t heard, Anne is doing an online Bible Study on this book with an accompanying study guide, and so far I am blown away at how the Holy Spirit is revealing some pretty insightful things to me.


First, Anne gets to the heart of prayer and puts it first.  A book on prayer which begins by asking us to pray before we study who would have thought?  I am a strong believer if we will pray and seek God before we begin to study HE will make HIS Word come alive in us!!! 

Yes, Strong’s and Commentaries are necessary, however one of the things I have noticed in many, many women’s Bible studies I have attended is the women seem to be focused on the process of the study instead of personalizing the Word of God.  Just something to cross off their Christian To Do List.   And until about a year ago, I would have to include myself in this group.  Did we pray before we studied? Of course we did but it just seemed to me like one of those “now I lay me down to sleep” kinds of prayers.  You know, the prayers we pray because we are suppose to.  Anne encourages readers to really seek the Holy Spirit before we study God’s Word.  The Holy Spirit is the one who gives us insight to God’s Word.  He lives within EVERY believer and follower of Jesus Christ.   1 Corinthians 2:14 says,


           “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”   Without the Holy Spirit in us, we could never understand God’s true meaning in the Scriptures. 


PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT criticizing anyone here; simply making a statement from my own observations.  God’s Word is “alive and sharper than any two edged sword…it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)   If we are so focused on the outward Biblical surroundings, are we allowing God’s Word to search our hearts?  When we study is it just to get historical information or are we believing God will speak to us on a personal level even if it is something we don’t want to hear? 


Second, Anne’s approach to Bible Study is very different, in a GOOD way, than my usual Berean way of studying.  Not that my study habits are bad mind you.  After all I am a writer so getting facts correct are important to me.  BUT this study so far, and it has only been one session but I am fired up, Anne has shown me how to make the Word very personal.  How?  She has a unique, simple way of study that guides me through short sections of Bible passages at a time and then allows me to break it down into my real life through revelation of the Holy Spirit.  I couldn’t begin to go through it here, and I wouldn’t as I respect her work and writings as an author, but this approach really helps me to take God’s Word and on a much deeper and personal level.  Do I still look up things? Honestly, I try not to, at least not during my prayer/study time.  I believe this allows me to be open to what my heavenly Father is speaking to my heart.


Third, God brings things into our lives and it is up to us to respond to them.  I firmly believe God has brought this study into my life at this particular time in my life to help me build a better relationship with Him.  If you would have asked me one week ago how my walk with God was I would have told you great!  And it would have been the truth at that time.  After just one week in the Daniel Prayer, God has spoken to me and said, “Lori, there are some things we need to work on together. Are you willing?” 


My response, Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.  With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death.”

 (Psalms 86:11-13)


Perhaps you are reading this and the Holy Spirit is speaking to you right now.  Maybe God desires a more personal relationship with you? Maybe you know the Word inside and out but are still lacking something.  If this is true for you, please don’t delay. Pray right now and ask God if He is directing you to a more personal life with Him.  You will be glad you did!


If you are interested in joining the Daniel Prayer online study please contact them at the web address below.  I have absolutely nothing to do with this organization or with Anne—although I wish I did…lol.  God Bless.


https://www.studygateway.com/online-bible-studies/daniel-prayer-registration/

 


Always loving our Lord,

Lori Hutchinson Robbins

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