Principle 11 (excerpt)

  

I SOUGHT THROUGH PRAYER AND MEDITATION ON GOD’S WORD TO INCREASE MY FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM, PRAYING CONTINUALLY FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL FOR ME AND THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT TO ACCOMPLISH IT.

James 4:8 states, "Come near to God and He will come near to you." As I continue to pray and meditate, I will become more attuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Someone once said, "Prayer is talking to God and Meditation is listening to Him." I meditate by reading God’s Word and then thinking about it, turning it over in my mind until the Holy Spirit reveals its meaning to me.

Once God begins revealing to me what His will for me is in my life, I must continue to seek His direction and the power needed to carry it out. I will discover, as I practice this principle, how powerfully the Holy Spirit will work in my life and also that the "Good News of Salvation" will have ever-increasing reality to me.

Proverbs 4:20-22

  1. Am I opening my heart to God’s direction? How do I know? 
  2. What four things am I directed to do, and why? 
  3. If I’m doing these things, how do I know if they’ve changed my life?

Psalm 1:1-3

  1. What three things am I blessed for not doing, and why? 
  2. What does the scripture say happens when I continually meditate on the LORD? 
  3. Am I lining up with "God’s Word" or the "world’s word"?

Ephesians 3:14-19

  1. Do I have a specific time and place set aside for daily prayer? If not, why not? 
  2. Why do I need the "power" that Paul prays that I receive? Should I pray for this power also? 
  3. What is Paul’s attitude and spirit when he says this prayer? Should mine be the same?

Psalm 19:14

  1. What does "the meditation of my heart" mean? 
  2. Are "what I say" and the "meditation of my heart" connected? (compare with (cf) Matthew 12:34, 15:11, 18)

Psalm 40:8

  1. What does it mean "your law is within my heart"? 
  2. When does God "write His law" on my heart? (Hebrews 9:10) 
  3. Has this happened in my life? How do I know for sure? Explain.

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