21 Days of Prayer, Day 18
No other work of literature compares to the Bible. It is comprised of 66 books written over a span of about 1500 years by approximately 40 human authors. These books are a combination of historical books, law, poetry, wisdom literature, prophecy, gospels, narrative history, and epistles (letters).
Despite these wide differences, the Bible tells a unified story of the nature and work of God to redeem and restore humanity and the world by sending a saving King. The Old Testament makes clear that God intended the world to know of his saving plan to send a Redeemer. The New Testament declares to the world that in Jesus Christ, God himself came to earth as that Redeemer.
Luke records that Jesus, following his resurrection, encountered two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. You can read about this encounter in Luke 24:13-53. Near the end of this striking encounter Jesus tells them:
"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:44-47).
Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. Elsewhere Jesus says we will need the Holy Spirit to do the same for us. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13).
There’s simply no better way to know and follow Jesus than to regularly and prayerfully study the Bible! As Jesus himself showed, it’s all about him!
When he was being tempted by Satan in the desert, Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3, saying "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God'" (Matthew 4:4).
- That God would stir a hunger for meeting and knowing Him through His Word.
- That you would have help from other believers in studying the Bible more consistently this year.