Today, as I read this quote from Charles Spurgeon, I was struck by an interesting thought:
We would be abler teachers of others, and less liable to be carried about by every wind of doctrine, if we sought to have a more intelligent understanding of the Word of God. As the Holy Spirit, the Author of the Scriptures, alone can enlighten us rightly to understand them, we should constantly ask His teaching and His guidance unto all truth.
When the prophet Daniel sought to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, what did he do? He set himself to earnest prayer that God would open up the vision. Therefore, if, your own and others’ profiting, you desire to be “filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,” remember that prayer is your best means of study. Like Daniel, you shall understand the dream, and its interpretation, when you have sought God. You may force your way through many barriers to understanding with the leverage of prayer. Thoughts and reasonings are like the steel wedges which give a hold on truth, but prayer is the lever which forces open the treasure hidden within.
C. H. Spurgeon
We cannot reason our way to God, we must hear His word, that faith might come, and then go to Him in prayer.
As we do, He answers, and illumination and understanding come, and onwards and upwards we go, from faith to faith, strength to strength, and glory to glory.
Father, grant me understanding of Your will for my life. Show me what I must see, that I might know exactly what You want me to do. I ask, knowing I am heard, for I ask in Your name Lord Jesus, Amen’