Bible For the Day #19

Before You Open God’s Word, Prepare Yourself.

Photography by April Teesdale

If you have a prepared Bible time it is important to pray before you read. It is very easy to have your Bible time for the sake of having it or checking it off a list but God has a plan. He wants to reveal things to you through his word and if you are not prepared you just might miss it. It is easier to miss it if you don’t have something prepared. Many people simply open their Bible and begin reading. There is nothing wrong with this method, but again I suggest you prepare yourself because you don’t want to miss what God has to say to you.  You want to understand what you are reading so you can apply it to your life and the situations you are in.
No matter what method you choose, praying before you open God’s word will help prepare your heart. Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. Pray for your eyes to be open to what God has to show you and most of all pray for your heart to be open to receive it.

Matthew 13: 1-9 is the Parable of the Sower.  Verse 19-23 is the explanation of the parable. It talks about the farmer who scatters seed in hopes for crops.

  • The seed that fell on the path – it was eaten by birds – the meaning is; when someone hears the message and they don’t understand it, the evil one snatches it away
  • The seed that fell on rocky places – is the seed that took root in the heart but when the sun came out it scorched the plant because, the root wasn’t deep enough, or their convictions were not deep.
  • The seed that fell among the thorns – is when someone hears the word but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
  • But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

So pray first for your eyes to be open, so you will see what God has to show you.  Then pray for your heart to be soft, and fertile, ready to receive his word so that you can understand it, and not only help yourself but help others.

Photography by April Teesdale


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