Greater Intimacy with God

James says that we will be blessed by meditating on God’s Word. “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:25).

When David writes that we will prosper and when James writes that we will be blessed, I tend to think that this is a spiritual prospering and blessing. They could also mean that meditation brings a physical, financial, or social prospering or blessing, but I have known people who meditate that have not prospered or been blessed in any of those other ways. On the other hand, everyone that I know who meditates has prospered or been blessed spiritually.

The real spiritual blessing that comes from meditation is the development of a greater intimacy with God. Wow! I cannot imagine anyone choosing not to meditate on God’s Word. It is a no-brainer that comes with a passion for Him.

Lord, You have made some amazing promises concerning meditating on Your Word. May “the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight.” Please do not allow me to take shortcuts in this spiritual discipline, and show me how to fully glorify You as I purpose to know You by meditating on Your Word. Please show me what a reckless and relentless passion for You will lead me to do in the area of meditation.

–Adapted from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune. 

Prayer Points

Praise the sovereign God who opens doors for the gospel of Christ (2 Cor.2:12). Thank God for leading you “in triumphal procession in Christ” and using you to spread “the fragrance of the knowledge of him” (2:14). Confess any lack of desire to be part of this procession. Commit to joining this great procession, and ask God to use you to bring “the knowledge of him” to your areas of influence.

Pray for those for whom “the aroma of Christ” in the “triumphal procession” is “the smell of death,” asking God to work his grace into their hearts to change it to “the fragrance of life” (2:14-17).

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend

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