Oh Lord, I pray that people will begin searching the scriptures for themselves. We can learn so much from church and the sermons and teachings therein, but so often things are left out of their teachings. Not everything that is in the Bible chapters and verses are actually taught, and cannot be taught on because of time. Even specific chapters in the Bible are often missed, which is sad but true. However, this does not mean that we as Christians should only be privy to things that are taught in church alone. If we love You, then we would also do our own research and study Your Word. I cannot think of anyone who is true to the faith and is not also reading the Bible often. For if they were, then they would only desire to be led by what is spoken in scripture and in prayer. Our desires would not be our own, but what we can gain from heaven. Lord, I am grateful for people in scripture like Elisha, who really desired to have the Holy Spirit in his life. It is remarkable that before Elijah was taken up into heaven in the chariot of fire, that Elisha desired to have a double portion of the Holy Spirit with Him. Then, he would not only carry on what Elijah left for Him but do so in the service of God and not man. Lord, I read the Bible because Your words are life-changing. How can I read them and still desire to willfully sin? I cannot. They convict me of my wrongs, that I might repent and get back on track with You again. God, I no longer wish to live this life on my own accord. Because I have found You, and it is beautiful in every way, I want more and more of what You can teach me. So I pray for more wisdom and knowledge to be poured out upon me. I love You, Jesus. You are my Lord and my God and I praise You. Amen.
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