Jesus said “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-40)
So many theologians have great understanding of the Scriptures but no relationship with God. The Lord is calling His church to take the Scriptures and study, but also take the Scriptures and make them a dialogue with Him. We want the bible to inform our prayers. The Spirit responds to natural words, but His power dramatically moves in response to Scripture!
I declared Your name…that the love with which You loved Me may be in them… (Jn. 17:26)
A verse like this becomes so powerful when we pray it. To take that verse and pray “Father, cause me to love Jesus like you do, with the very same passionate love and fondness,” is powerful. So very many Scriptures come impact us when we pray them directly, or depending on the verse, ask for revelation on them, or thank God for the truth in them, or ask for power to obey them.
What we are doing when we pray Scriptures is causing the Word of God to be alive in our hearts. So many preachers have a speaking gift so they study to have something to preach but they don’t encounter God and the Word is not alive in their hearts.
We can proclaim the Word and speak it over ourselves, and preach it to others, and we should, but what makes our hearts alive and connect to God is speaking it to Him. The American culture has entertainment and activity as a primary focus outside of work, but the church culture should have a primary focus of keeping their hearts alive and in the Word.