Why I choose to be Faithful in Bible Reading & Prayer

Just recently, I was visiting with a dear, dear friend. We became friends in our pre-teens but drifted apart as we hit adulthood. I moved away. I came home. She moved away. Just last year, she moved back to the area and we began texting here and there. Since then, we’ve been able to get together twice. It’s been wonderful visiting over tea and cinnamon buns, (all while getting interrupted by children.)

The coolest part about connecting again is seeing how I’m still me. For example, I kind of forgot that the girl that giggled and laughed, and had sleep-overs with her friends still exists. It’s cool to remember the hopes and dreams of our youth and see how not everything turned out the way we hoped and that it’s okay.

Our last conversation turned to our relationships with Christ.

Friends, I find it hard to be a Christian, sometimes. I don’t feel “spiritual” or even in tune with God a lot of the time.  I became a Christian at the age of 5 years old and I’ve always been what many would call a “good girl.” But I still struggle with knowing whether I’m hearing God’s voice at times. There are times when I’m absolutely certain I’ve heard God’s voice and other times I’m a little (a lot) unsure.

When we are feeling a little unsure of ourselves, it can be easy to turn to things other than God.

Things like our favorite t.v. show.

Pinterest or Facebook.

Our favorite food.

It can also be easy to think to ourselves, “I can’t hear God’s voice anyway, so I’ll stop trying.”

James 2:17 (NLT) So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Walking by Faith can’t be about how you and I feel.

It isn’t about how things look around us.

Walking by Faith first requires that we put our hope in God. (even when we don’t feel like it)

And second, Faith requires that we do something.

Luke 16:10 (KJV) He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

This is where being Faithful comes in.

I often don’t “feel” like reading my Bible or praying, but I choose to do it anyway.

In fact, there was a time where I almost never felt like reading the Bible or praying that lasted a whole year! Though I didn’t read the Bible every single day that year, I did my best and eventually, my passion for Bible reading and prayer returned.

Hebrews 11: 6 (NASB) And without faith it is impossible to please [Him], for he who comes to God must believe that He is and [that] He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 

I truly believe that God rewards us when we diligently seek after him.

If we truly have a heart that longs to know him, he will meet us where we are at.

Does that mean I always “feel” like reading my Bible and praying?

No, not at all.

But it’s become a part of who I am and I won’t give it up for anything anymore.

Today, I want to encourage you that God is faithful. He will meet you where you’re at. If you read two verses each day and send up a quick, “Lord I need help prayer,” in the middle of the day. He will meet you where you are at.

Resources for Bible Reading

3 Reasons to Consider Reading through the Bible Next Year

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7 thoughts on “Why I choose to be Faithful in Bible Reading & Prayer

  1. Girl, I can so relate! If I’m feeling like I can’t hear God or feel Him, I’m so quick to turn to something I can hear/feel instantly, such as social media or TV. You’re so right; it’s so impoartant to remember we have to push past our feelings and get in His word!!!

  2. This is so important. When I think about all the other things that I do out of necessity rather than burning desire, why would I NOT discipline myself to sit down and hear from the heart of the God of the universe? Sometimes we just have to show up, trusting that our obedience is the lesson for that day.

    1. Isn’t that the truth? It’s so easy to get caught up with the to-do list instead of spending time with the Lord.

  3. Hi Bethany! That’s really cool that you’ve started a Bible reading plan. This is my second year reading through the Bible. I have fallen behind and caught up several times as well. The important thing is to remember not to allow guilt to creep in over not doing it right. Have a blessed day!

  4. Rosanna – I am so sorry, it has taken me almost a whole week to stop by and comment from #TuneInThursday linkup last week. I was away at a Conference since last week and the wifi was practically non-existent.

    You are so right and I have found when I purpose to make time even when I feel I don’t have time, I get more done. I love that you are remembering the little girl laughter and moments that brought you such joy.. I think as adults it gets way to easy to forgot to have fun.

    Again thank you for linking up last week, and I hope to see you tomorrow at #TuneInThursday

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Debbie! I’m so glad that you got to go away to at Conference. They are so life-giving, aren’t they? A little bit of time away from wifi is always a good thing as well. Blessings to you!

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