How do you Read your Bible?

I am in the middle of reading Arnold Dallimore’s biography on George Whitefield. It has been a been a great and convicting read so far.  One of the more striking insights that Dallimore illustrates about Whitefield was his delight in studying the Scriptures.
Whitefield himself writes:

“My mind being now more open and enlarged, I began to read the Holy Scriptures upon my knees, laying aside all other books and praying over, if possible, every line and word. This proved meat indeed and drink indeed to my soul. I daily received fresh life, light and power from above. I got more true knowledge from reading the Book of God in one month than I could ever have acquired from all the writing of men.”

Whitefield gives us a wonderful example of how to approach the Word of God.  When was the last time we approached the Bible with that kind of reverence, anticipation, and  prayer? Paul reminds us that if we are to understand the Bible, we need the Spirit’s divine illumination to help us (1 Corinthians 2:12). And yet so often we approach Bible study as a science and not a supernatural experience. Let us begin to read the Scripture on our knees, laying aside all other books, praying over every line and word.

“…You do not have, because you do not ask.” -James 4:2

*Additionally these recent posts have been helpful in thinking about this:
Joe Thorn’s Slow Your Roll & Justin Taylor’s Spurgeon on a Stupid Way to Read the Scriptures


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