Communication is probably one of the most important aspects of growing a relationship. A husband and wife, child and parent or employer and employee will develop their relationship if communication is kept open.
When there is no communication, a relationship can enter a stagnant state or even shrivel up. Every believer is called to grow in the realm of spiritual devotion because it is our way of communicating with our God.
There are different ways that God speaks to us, but the most common way is through His Word, so growing in reading and studying the Bible will help us to listen to God better when we speak to Him through prayer.
There is no substitute for partnering with the Spirit of God to bring His Word to life. It is only through the Holy Spirit that we find inspiration and revelation through the Bible, but we can also do our little part to improve our study of the Bible. Here are five simple practices that will help improve our Bible study.
Isolate yourself. Matthew 14:23 shows us how Jesus would spend time with the Father: “And after sending the crowds away, he went up alone to the mountain to pray. Isolation removes any barriers and helps us focus on the main voice of God.
Meditate on the Word. Joshua 1: 8 says, “This book of the law will not depart from your mouth, but you will meditate on it day and night, so that you may heed all that is written in it.”
Meditation calls us to be still and to listen to the voice of God as we reflect on his Word and learn how we can apply it in our daily lives.
Memorize the scriptures. You won’t always have a Bible with you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have access to the Word of God. For example, while driving my car, I often say aloud the verses I have memorized to remind myself of God’s goodness (and to manage my mood caused by traffic.)
Write your revelations in a newspaper. There is a certain miracle behind pen and paper that helps us digest ideas better. Writing down your revelations also gives you something to return to whenever you have time to review the words, instructions, commandments, and promises that God has specifically given you.
Invest in your devotions. If it’s really worth it, you’ll put your money in it. I am a runner and I like to invest in gadgets that help me run better. But before I am a runner, I am a student of the Word of God, so I invest a lot of money in comments, concordances, books, and tools that help me study the word of God better. Matthew 6:21 tells us: “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” “