How to “Pray-Read” the Word

It is not enough to study the Bible — we must talk to God as we study.  Bible study is meant to lead us to conversation with God by giving us the “conversational material” for our prayer life.  It provides the language we use as we talk to Him.  Using the Bible and speaking the Word back to God makes prayer easy and enjoyable.  It “turns up the volume” in our conversation with God.

39 You search the Scriptures [Bible study], for in them you think you have…life; these are they which testify of Me.  40 You are not willing to come to Me [talk to Me] that you may have life.  (Jn. 5:39-40)

Jesus called us to abide in Him.  The foundation of this reality means talking with Him.  We do this best as we pray-read the Word, which is simply speaking its truths back to Him as we read it.

5 He who abides in [talks to Me] Me, and I in him [I abide or talk to you], bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing…  7 If you abide in [talk to Me] Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  (Jn. 15:5-7)

—  International House of Prayer