His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3, NIV
When I read that verse, and I’m just relieved. It is so reassuring to think that everything we need has already given to us by God. Any piece of wisdom or discernment and the faith and knowledge that we need to live a godly life is available to us because of His power!
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There are many aspects to godly living, but at the very top of the list is prayer. Prayer is how we experience a relationship with God. It’s how we talk and listen to Him. It’s such a special relationship that we should do everything we can to keep it alive and well.
There is a step we can take that will empower our prayer lives, but it is one that is often overlooked. It’s something we can do before we ever even start our prayer or Bible study time for the day.
It’s a simple thing. We can pray before we begin our prayer time. (Until I participated in the Battle Plan for Prayer Bible Study by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, it had never occurred to me to pray over my prayer time. I encourage you to check out this powerful prayer study!)
When we pray before our prayer times, God can multiply the power that is behind the words we speak, and He can do this before they have ever even been uttered. Isaiah 65:24, is evidence of this. It says, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” (NKJV)When we pray before our prayer times, God can multiply the power that is behind the words we speak.Click To Tweet
To learn more, let’s look a deeper into 2 Peter 1:3. It is so packed with valuable insights about praying before we pray. It’s almost like a little outline for us to use!
Once again, 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV) says:
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Here’s a list of the truths we find in this verse.
- He has given us everything we need for a godly life.
- It comes to us by His divine power.
- Our knowledge of Him is essential for the godly life.
- He calls us.
- It is by His glory and goodness that we are called.
This is really good! But if we dig a little deeper into the Greek root words we get even more amazing insights.
If we look up a key word from each of these five truths and here is what we find. (All of the definitions below come from HELPS Word-Studies which you can find when you look up this verse using the interlinear option at Bible Hub.)
1. The Greek root word that is translated in English as “godly” is referring to our inner response to the things of God.
2. The Greek root word for “divine” is referring to the characteristics of God’s nature and that we know Him by observing His attributes.
3. The Greek root word for “knowledge” has a fascinating insight. This word is talking about knowledge gained through a first-hand relationship.
4. The Greek root word for “called” means to summon or invite.
5. The root word for “goodness” has another interesting insight. A key to this word in the original Greek is the added idea that the “goodness” or “excellence” of God is displayed to enrich life.
Let’s take these deeper meanings and think through 2 Peter 1:3 adding these new insights. If we do that, we might think of the verse in this way:
By His divine power, we are given everything we need to have the proper inner response to the things of God. This comes through the knowledge that is gained in a first-hand relationship with Him. He invites us by His glory and goodness which is then displayed to enrich our lives.
Wow! What if we take the insights we have found in these five truths and ASK for them before we begin our prayer or quiet time? How would this empower our prayer life?
What if we asked God:
*for the proper inner response to the things of God
*for His divine power to help us
*that we would know His character, nature, and attributes
*that we would answer His invitation to a personal relationship
*that we would receive His glory and goodness
*that His excellence, His character, His goodness would enrich our lives
If we ASK God for these things before we start our prayer time, think about how much that will help accomplish in our hearts and minds! Consider the power that would be added to our time spent with Him just by taking a few moments to do some intentional praying before we go into the time we have set aside to be with Him!
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This week I challenge you to take just a moment to say a prayer before you begin your prayer and Bible study time. Just stop and rest for a moment and then pray before you pray. You can claim 2 Peter 1:3 for your prayer time and ask God specifically for the truths found within that verse.
I created a 2 Peter 1:3 infographic for you (and for me, too)! It will help us when we pray before we pray! You’ll also find it in our resource library along with some other great prayer and Bible helps. We have a free quiet time notebook designed to help you create a more intentional prayer time. There are also free scripture card sets and other helpful printables that can be added to any prayer or Bible study notebook. *Last week I created a printable called “How to Claim Scriptures.” It is also in the resource library, and you might find it helpful. You can find more information about the resource library HERE.
You can click on the references for any of the Scriptures listed above, and you will be taken to Bible Hub where there are many free resources for further study. I especially like their free interlinear pages where you can find Greek and Hebrew root word meanings.
This week I will just repeat here the challenge I laid out in this blog post. Let’s all make a commitment to pray before we pray!
Dear Heavenly Father, We ask you to be with us this week each time that we come before you in prayer. Help us to take a moment before we begin to clear our minds and call on You to help us during our prayer and Bible study time. Give us the proper response in all ways to the things you have for us there. We call on Your power to guide and direct us and to give us wisdom and discernment. Help us to know You and to rely on Your character. Help us to receive what You have for us during our prayer times with you this week. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Next week we’ll study 2 Peter 1:4 and we’ll talk more about another powerful prayer strategy – praise and worship.
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