Meditation and Prayer
Meditation and Prayer go hand in hand.
Nothing that I know of will lead a person into powerful prayer as meditating on God’s word. Prayer is needed to meditate well. Meditation is also needed to pray well. Both are necessary for the success of the other. Meditating on God’s word is the fuel for all fervent prayer. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God.” Without spending time to meditate on God’s word, you won’t have a successful prayer life. Meditation and prayer go together! If you leave out one, you harm the other. Let’s take a look at some quotes.
“God’s Word nourishes your prayer, strengthens your prayer, and warms your heart and fires your spirit as you pray. You cannot have a strong spiritual life apart from constant feeding upon and assimilating God’s Word. Spiritual growth depends upon daily spiritual food. Earnest, even forceful praying, if not nourished on God’s Word, may be weak and flabby.” (Duewel, Mighty Prevailing Prayer, p. 290.).
“Little of the Word with little prayer is death to the spiritual life. Much of the Word with little prayer gives a sickly life. Much prayer with little of the Word gives more life, but without steadfastness. A full measure of the Word and prayer each day gives a healthy and powerful life.” (Andrew Murray, Prayer Life, p. 88.)
“…The Word was given, both in written and living form, to return us to a personal relationship with almighty God. Such a relationship, of course, demands communication, and prayer is communication with God. The Bible, then, is a textbook on prayer. It teaches us the need to pray, the nature of prayer and the rewards of prayer. This is well-known. What seems to have been forgotten by some of today’s generation is that the Bible can also become the very prayer we need to pray.” ( Judson Cornwall, Praying the Scriptures, pp. 10, 11.)
“Praying becomes more meaningful when we allow the Scriptures to open our eyes, unveil our hearts and illuminate God’s will. It ceases to be small talk and becomes smart talk. It moves from merely expressing feelings to expressing God’s will and our submission to that will. When God’s word to us is mingled with our word to God, we have a meaningful dialogue that genuinely communicates. This, in itself, is sufficient to increase our prayers.” (Judson Cornwall, Praying the Scriptures, p. 104.)