Daily Reflections

The Place to Start

January 21, 2022 Kristie Anyabwile

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. —Psalm 145:18–19

If we want to become godly women, we need to start with prayer, asking God to give us a hunger and a desire for His Word. Then we have what the early disciples, and every other Christian throughout history, has had—the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit. That’s all we need.

In prayer, you’re asking for the help of the Spirit to illumine the Word of God. I think sometimes I pray in preparation for my time in the Word and then think, Prayer is done; now it’s time to study. While these are two separate activities, they work in tandem. So, if I get stuck while I’m studying, I can ask for help to understand it!

Prayer should be infused into our Bible reading and study time, not just what we do before or after. It’s a part of how we communicate with God and have a conversation with Him.

Make it Personal

The next time you open God’s Word, pray as you read, asking the Holy Spirit to help you understand its message.