Reading The Bible

Q. I heard a man on radio this morning say that God does not hear or answer prayers of those who don’t read their Bible. He continued by saying why should God answer them if we can’t be bothered to read His Word. Do you agree with his statements?

A. No, I most definitely don’t agree. Don’t get me wrong, reading the Bible is an important part of our walk with the Lord , and we would all grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by spending more time in His word.

But if this person is correct, how would believers who can’t read or have no Bible ever get their prayers answered? What about the people for whom even having a Bible is punishable by death? Will God refuse to answer their prayers? And what about those who lived during the years before the Bible was available to the ordinary person. Did all their prayers go unanswered?

Those who do have a Bible and read it won’t find any support there for such a claim as this person has made. I think he is either terribly misinformed or is one more in a long line of self proclaimed teachers who try to force others into religious works by imposing rules upon them that the Lord never intended. Either way he had no business being on the radio.

The Bible consists of the very words of God. We read it because we want to know more about Him and it’s the way He has revealed Himself to us. Reading it brings us closer to Him, and opens our heart to hear His voice. It causes us to be still and know that He is God.

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103).

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