Lord Jesus, I have this need to delve deep into Bible study again, more than just my daily reading.
I've sat in this chair too long, distracted by the amusements of the computer. I feel dessicated, dry, useless, and stiff.
I need the water of Your Word, Lord Jesus.
You know me, Lord. I like to define words, and discover other places in the Bible where You've placed them, to help me sort out what's really there.
I want to apply the Word to my everyday life, as I rediscover those beautiful details in Scripture.
No, I don't want the study to be all about me, but wisdom takes the truth to heart and lives it out, right?
At the end of the day I want to lay my head on the pillow and acknowledge without a doubt the ways You moved, "transformed by the renewing of [my] mind, so that [I] may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." (Romans12:2.)
What Christian doesn't want to know Your perfect will? It's always so good to determine what is good and pleasing to You and then do it.
Studying the Bible changes me, Lord. I feel so refreshed when the old, familiar words suddenly say something to me that I need to know.
My dry little spirit is suddenly saturated, kind of like when that hard, whitish sponge is run under water in the sink. It swells up, turning a rich color, relaxing in my hand, ready to be used.
Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”