John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
True prosperity, as I can best discern from this chapter, describes a “prosperous” relationship with God. Prayer and Scripture go hand-in-hand when it comes to developing our relationship with God. Prayer is our way of speaking with God, and the Scriptures allow us to hear His voice.
Thrasher says, “Without prayer the study of Scripture can turn into a merely intellectual exercise. Prayer without Scripture will lack needed motivation and guidance.”
In this chapter, several points come to mind:
- Prayer is essential to time spent in the study of Scripture.
- Meditation on these readings is integral to our understanding of God’s intention and the application of His Word in our lives.
- The Scriptures offer examples of what to pray for and how to go about it.
I have had the privilege to sit under the teaching of many gifted, God-directed, Bible teachers and disciple-makers. Below is a link to a wonderful Christian Study aid created by The Navigators Christian Organization. This document demonstrates five ways to incorporate the Scriptures into our lives.
The “Word Hand Illustration” by the Navigators Christian Organization.