Does your Bible reading leave you feeling nourished?
Or does it leave you inwardly famished and unsatisfied?
“If you lay these things before the brothers you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, being nourished with the words of the faith and of the good teaching which you have closely followed” (1 Tim. 4:6)
Paul implies God’s word nourishes you. Yum. A feast for your soul.
Nourished by the Word of God
What comes to your mind when you think of being nourished physically? Food. We need to eat good fresh food in order to make us grow and keep us healthy, don’t we?
You’re nourished spiritually with the words of the faith in order to make you grow and keep you spiritually healthy. Words that come from God nourishes your soul. One nourishing word from God makes you healthy and strong spiritually.
The only way for you to grow spiritually and live a healthy Christian life is by being nourished. What does Paul mean by nourished? Paul says to Timothy, “being nourished with the words of the faith.”
How can you be nourished with the words of the faith? One way is to pray-read the word.
10 Tips on how to Pray-read the word to nourish your soul.
Simply put, “pray-reading” is turning God’s Word in the Bible into prayer—mingling reading the Bible by asking the Holy Spirit questions about a word or phrase. The result is nourishment for your soul.
- Call on the Lord and speak to Him like you are speaking to a friend.
Calling brings you to the dinner table of your spirit—you feed on the One who is the Bread of Life.
For example, you can say—“Lord Jesus! I love You! Lord, I open my heart to You. I’m coming to You in Your Word.”
2. Read a few Bible verses.
Two or three verses—sometimes even a part of a verse—may be more than enough for one spiritual meal. For example, Isaiah 55:2-3 provides spiritual food for more than one meal.
“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.“
3. Take a short phrase or word, and repeat it back to the Lord.
For example, using Isaiah 55:2-3, you might say, “Listen carefully to me, and eat…O God, You really do want to nourish me by your words!”
4. Say “Amen!” to the Word of God. Let it be true in me.
Saying amen means you agree with God’s words. It’s also a name for Christ. He Himself is “the Amen,” the fulfillment of all the promises of God to us (2 Cor. 1:20).
5. Stress certain words.
For example, you might be drawn to, “Eat what is good and delight yourselves in rich food. O God your words make me hungry for more, they’re rich and satisfying to my soul.”
6. Personalize your pray-reading.
You can say something like, “Oh God, since you want me to eat Your words you give me, that means You want to nourish ME! Oh, how Your words satisfy ME!”
7. Confess your sins to the Lord.
You may be convicted by the Word, you might confess, “Lord, you freely give me Your words, but I confess, I don’t really eat them; I think other things will satisfy me more than You. Forgive me, Lord.”
8. Thank the Lord for whatever He touches you with.
It might sound like this, “Thank you, God. Though I don’t always eat your word so I can be nourished, You continue to give freely. Thank you.”
9. Declare something to the Lord.
Then you might read, “Eat what is good and delight yourselves in rich food. Lord, I declare your word is always good and rich!”
10. Pray for someone the Lord has placed on your heart.
Someone you know might come to your mind while pray-reading the word. You might say, “Father, my friend Dick needs to hear Your word. Cause him to eat the words You give him to eat. You know exactly what will nourish him.”
Finally, by applying these 10 tips, your conversational prayer will be enriched. Feeding on Him by pray-reading is a feast for your soul.