5 Spiritual Exercises You Can Practice through Prayer
Prayer is an essential component for believers in Christ. We begin our Christian life by praying to receive the Lord Jesus as our Savior. We also grow in our Christian life by prayer. Praying to the Lord we love and who loves us is a top blessing for us believers.
Certainly prayer in the Bible is a great matter. But could we be limiting our prayer life by our own concepts about what prayer is and what to pray for? In today’s post we’ll look at just five verses related to prayer to help broaden our view and enrich our experience of prayer.
The Manifestation and Embodiment of God
“Christ is God’s manifestation and embodiment; He is God becoming our experience.”
From The Knowledge of Life, by Witness Lee (mass-distribution ed., p. 20). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here. You can also download a free PDF version here.
The Eternal Life of God
2 Timothy 1:10—“But now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who nullified death and brought life and incorruption to light through the gospel.”
Note 3 on life says: “The eternal life of God, which is given to all believers in Christ (1 Tim. 1:16) and which is the main element of the divine grace given to us (Rom. 5:17, 21). This life has conquered death (Acts 2:24) and will swallow up death (2 Cor. 5:4). It was according to the promise of such a life that Paul was an apostle (v. 1). This life and the incorruption that is its consequence have been brought to light and made visible to men through the preaching of the gospel.”
Cross-reference “d” on life directs us to two related verses:
Two Important Greek Words in the Bible: Logos and Rhema
Did you know the Bible uses two different Greek words to refer to the word of God? One of these words is logos, and the other is rhema.
Understanding the meaning of these two words can help us know and experience God in a deeper way. That’s why we’re taking some time in this post to discuss logos and rhema and their importance to our Christian lives.
Mingling Our Bible Reading with Prayer
“If by the Lord’s mercy and grace we desire and agree to spend more time daily in the presence of the Lord, what shall we do? By what means can we touch the Word of God for nourishment and enjoyment? We must learn to do only one thing—we must mingle our reading with our praying. We must contact the Lord by mingling our reading of the Bible with prayer, and by mingling our prayer with reading.”
From Basic Elements of the Christian Life, vol. 2, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., p. 8). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here. You can also download a free PDF version here.
Being Constituted with God
“Because we have a stomach, we can receive food into us, enjoy it, digest it, and assimilate it into our being, making it our constituent. In the same manner, since we have a spirit within us, we can receive God into us and assimilate Him, making Him our very constituent.”
From Spiritual Nourishment, by Witness Lee and Watchman Nee (mass-distribution ed., day 5). Bibles for America gives this book away for free. You can order your free copy here.
Renewing Your Bible Reading—A New Season, a New Beginning
The beginning of a new year is a great time to start reading the Bible. Take a look at our post on Bible reading, why it’s important, and how to make this a year of reading the Bible.
With the beginning of this new year, it’s a good time to reflect on our year before. One valuable question we can ask ourselves is how we did with reading the Bible last year. Did we consider it, but didn’t know where to start? Did we try to begin, but got sidetracked along the way? Or maybe we made a daily Bible-reading schedule, but fell behind and got discouraged.
The good news is, whether you lost your stride last year, managed to keep to your daily Bible reading, or even if you’re deciding to read the Word for the first time in a regular way, you can start afresh with the Lord. A new day, a new week, a new month, and a new year give us all the opportunity to have a new beginning. Why not take the start of this year as an opportunity to renew your reading and enjoyment of God’s Word?
Knowing the Desire and Preference of the Lord
Luke 10:42—”But there is need of one thing, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
A Purified Conscience
Hebrews 9:14—“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Note 3 on conscience says: “The blood of Christ purifies our conscience to serve the living God. To serve the living God requires a blood-purified conscience. To worship in dead religion or to serve any dead thing, anything that is outside God, does not require our conscience to be purified. The conscience is the leading part of our spirit. The living God whom we desire to serve always comes to our spirit (John 4:24) by touching our conscience. He is righteous, holy, and living. Our defiled conscience needs to be purified that we may serve Him in a living way. To worship God in our mind in a religious way does not require this.”
Cross-reference “d” on conscience directs us to two related verses:
Praying God’s Word—An Unexpected Experience
A BfA staff member talks about his experience of praying with the Word of God.
In Ephesians 6, the apostle Paul tells us to receive the Word of God “by means of all prayer” (vv. 17-18).
There are certainly many ways to understand and practice this charge, and probably all are profitable. If the content of our prayer mirrors the content of God’s speaking to us in His Word, we’re probably on the right track.
I once read a book that used an illustration likening the words in the Bible to a tree with limbs full of fruit, and that by prayer, we can shake a limb until some fruit comes down for us to eat.
I read the Bible regularly, chapter by chapter, but I decided to experiment and add a little bit of “pray-reading” to my daily Bible reading.