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I read the prayer below in Brandon Cook’s book, Learning to Live and Love Like Jesus: A Discipleship Journey for Groups and Individuals.

I love reading the Bible. Yet I think I shall benefit from using this prayer and expect it to help me experience and encounter God in fresh ways through the Word.

Jesus, as I come to Scripture, I confess how easily my thoughts become confused. Sometimes I take my thoughts about you as the entire story of who you are, as if they could contain you. Or I believe my dark thoughts of doubt and suspicion and cling to them instead of you. Lord, as I read, interrupt me, still me, quiet me, and comfort me. Challenge me with the reality of your goodness. Let the words in Scripture point me to who you are and to what you’re doing. And let me be like you, Jesus, you who found your story in Scripture. In seeing you, I am transformed. In hearing you, I am changed. So open my eyes and ears to behold and hear, through these words you have given me. Through Christ my Lord, Amen.

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