Newsletter from Senior Pastor Paul Dale
‘Time with the Lord’ is the best thing we can do – both in sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to His Word and speaking to Him in prayer. It’s not rocket science – Bible & prayer really are the best spiritual disciplines for a rich relationship with our God. Here are a few quotes from some saints of old:
Charles Spurgeon said: ‘The more you read the Bible and the more you meditate upon it, the more you will be astonished by it. He who is but a casual reader of the Bible does not know the height, the depth, the length, the breadth of the mighty meanings contained in those pages….you will find the Scriptures enlarge as you enter them. Nobody ever outgrows the Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.”
When someone was writing about John Bunyan they said: “Why, this man is a living Bible!” Prick him anywhere—his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is full of the Word of God. I commend his example to you, beloved.”
Toward the end of his life, Billy Graham was asked about what he would do differently. He said “I would spend more time in spiritual nurture, seeking to grow closer to my God so I could become more like Christ. I would spend more time in prayer, not just for myself but for others. I would spend more time studying the Bible and meditating on its truth, not only for sermon preparation but to apply its message to my life. It is far too easy for someone in my position to read the Bible only with an eye on a future sermon, overlooking the message God has for me through its pages.
Corrie Ten Boom said: “The Bible is a cheque book. When you said “yes” to Jesus Christ, many promises were deposited to your credit at that very moment, and they were signed by the Lord Jesus Himself. But now you have to cash your cheques in order to profit by them. When you come upon such a promise and say, “Thank you, Lord, I accept this,” then you have cashed a cheque, and that very day you’ll be richer than you were the day before. We encourage you to begin today to enrich your life with God’s words of promise!”
Some of the best resources for Bible reading & prayer I’ve found personally are:
- Explore Bible reading notes – available in hard copy from Koorong or Good Book Company OR available as an app
- Tim Keller’s ‘My Rock & My Redeemer’ – daily reflections on the Psalms
- Our Father – Enjoying God in prayer – by Richard Coekin
- PrayerMate App – which helps me order my prayer life
- Or you could try using the daily bible reading plan in our sermon series booklets!
Start small – and be consistent! Habits take a while to form (and a shorter time to break!).
Praying for us all – that we’d grow closer to our God and enjoy Him more as we spend time in Word and prayer!
With love in Christ