I got this text from a ministry leader friend the other day:
How do you develop a love for God’s Word? I’ve realized lately that I’m hungry for His presence, so I worship and pray, but I rarely go to the Word. I want to go to the Word, but I struggle as my instant reaction is “school work.” When I do go to the Word it’s for a ministry purpose, not because I want to spend time with Him.
What has helped me the most to cultivate a desire to read the Bible? Regular Bible study. For me, during the last 3 years, that’s been going to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). It keeps me in the Word daily. It causes me to interact with the Bible. Countless times I have encountered His presence. As I read and study, He gives me direction, He loves me and embraces me, He disciplines me, He forgives me and extends his mercy and grace to me.
I’m not saying that you have to go to BSF to experience God. What I am saying is that God can be known and experienced through a daily discipline of Bible study. Now, you said it…. that’s sounds like “work.” Yup. It is. No doubt about it. But so is any relationship worth nurturing.
Here’s a thought, what if you connect your worship and prayer life with Bible reading? Try reading the book of Ephesians – it’s only 6 chapters. But before you read it, express your heart to God through worship and prayer. Tell Him that you long to experience His presence through His Word. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you through His Word and give you a lasting hunger for it. Sing to Him. Pray to Him. Read His Word.
“Biblically speaking, no worship leader, pastor, band, or song will ever bring us close to God. We can’t shout, dance, or prophesy our way into God’s presence. Worship itself cannot lead us into God’s presence. Only Jesus himself can bring us into God’s presence, and he has done it through a single sacrifice that will never be repeated—only joyfully recounted and trusted in.”