Praying as I prepare for Bible study

We will meet for Bible study in an hour. I am woefully ill-prepared, understandably distracted by all the events of the week, not so understandably behind in my preparation given that we ended up not meeting last week. So, this morning as I study cram, I find comfort and conviction in the following prayer from The Valley of Vision. As weird as it may seem, typing it becomes its own kind of offering:

I thank thee for the holy Scriptures,
their precepts, promises, directions, light.

In them may I learn more of Christ,
be enabled to retain his truth
and have grace to follow it.

Help me to life up the gates of my soul that he may come in
and show me himself when I search the Scriptures,
for I have no lines to fathom its depths,
no wings to soar to its heights.

By his aid may I be enabled to explore all its truths,
love them with all my heart,
embrace them with all my power,
engraft them into my life.

Bless to my soul all grains of truth garnered from they Word;
may they take deep root,
be refreshed by heavenly dew,
be ripened by heavenly rays,
be harvested to my joy and thy praise.

Help me to gain profit by what I read,
a treasure beyond all treasure,
a fountain which can replenish my dry heart,
its waters flowing through me as a perennial river
on-drawn by thy Holy Spirit.

Enable me to distil from its pages
faithful prayer that grasps the arm of thy omnipotence,
achieves wonders,
obtains blessings, and
draws down streams of mercy.

From it show me how my words have often been
unfaithful to thee,
injurious to my fellow-men,
empty of grace,
full of folly,
dishonouring to my calling.

Then write thy own words upon my heart and inscribe them on my lips;
So shall all glory be to thee in my reading of thy Word!

May the Lord bless our study of His Word this morning!


Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

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