Do you realize that we cannot understand and apply the Word of God on our own? If we simply read the Bible and try and apply it by means of our own insight and intellect, we are destined to fail. The only way we can truly comprehend the Scriptures is through the help of the Holy Spirit. This is what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2.
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Co 2:14).”
We need the Holy Spirit to illuminate the meaning of the Scriptures – – to light it up and show us how it applies to our lives.
That being the case, one of the most important things we can do when reading the Bible and hearing the Word preached is pray and ask the Holy Spirit to graciously light up the truth so that we can see its significance for how we should think and live.
We should pray, Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
So, here is what you do. Go home and get out your Bible. Open it up the Gospel of John or James or a chapter of Proverbs, or wherever God might lead you. And, then, before you read, pray this prayer. God, open my eyes so that I might see wonderful things in your Word.
In addition, when you sit in church next Sunday and get ready to here the Word preached, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes so that you can see wonderful things in the Word. We need the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit.