This is an excerpt from the book Prayer A to Z — coming soon!
1. By the Word we come to know Jesus (Lu. 24:27). When we focus on the Word we are, in fact, focusing on Jesus—for He is the central theme of the Bible; the Spirit of Jesus permeates all of its pages.
2. The Word brings us joy and delight like nothing else. The Psalmist declares in Psalms 119:14-16, “I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word.”
3. By the Word we grow spiritually. 1 Peter 2:2 tells us that we should long for the pure milk of the Word just as newborn babes long for their mother’s milk. Moreover, as we imbibe deeply of it’s nourishment we will grow up in all the things of God. Jesus said to His disciples, and He says to us, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (Jn. 6:35). If we spend a significant amount of quality time in the morning—from thirty minutes to an hour—studying and meditating on the Word, that Word that lingers in our mind will sustain us spiritually for the entire day. The Psalmist said, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Ps. 119:97).
4. The Word gives us peace and victory. If we come to the Word in the morning feeling discouraged, before long we will find peace and victory. Psalms 119:165 says, “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.”
5. The Word is our guide. When we come to the Word in the morning (or evening) feeling lost, when we pray asking for guidance, His Word will be as a lamp in front of our feet showing us where to go. Psalms 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
6. The Word has great value for personal purity. Those who meditate on the Word and take great pains to memorize it have a great advantage in maintaining a pure mind. The Psalmist says, “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word…Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Ps. 119: 9, 11).
7. The Word meditated on in the morning equips us for every good work throughout the day. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”