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Weekly Devotionals

Back to the Basics

1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of
mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season who leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers. – Psalm 1:1-3

 

In this season of living out our “Habits of Grace”, I feel that sometimes we take for granted the most basic of spiritual disciplines, which are none other than word and prayer. Recently I was having a conversation with some people about how to live more spiritually in our daily lives and routines, and many good suggestions were mentioned, such as listening to sermon podcasts, playing Christian music in the background while at work, and reading good Christian books, among other suggestions. However, no one mentioned anything about being more diligent in their prayer life or consistently reading the Bible every day. Perhaps it is because people think that it should already be a regular habit in our lives, and do not think it is worth mentioning.

However, sometimes it is the basic stuff that we seem to take for granted that we need to refocus on. We can listen to all the best sermons, and we can sing all the latest praise songs, but unless we are in the habit of being intimate with God daily in word and prayer, then the other stuff will not be as useful or effective.

In the very first Psalm, we can see that utmost importance is placed on both word and prayer. Verse 2 says that blessed is the man who delights in the law of the Lord. This is none other than delighting in the word of God. Furthermore, it says that this person meditates on this law day and night. This can be seen as a life of prayer based on God’s word. Furthermore, for the person who delights in word and prayer, God promises great blessings.

The nature of God’s blessings are made a little more clear in verse 3 – that person is like a tree planted by streams of (living) water, and they yield good fruit and their leaves do not whither. Although the psalm uses the metaphor of a tree, what this means is that they will be able to live fully abundant lives in Christ. Jesus says in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” A life of word and prayer is crucial for us to go out into the world every day to live out our calling to its fullest.

As we start a new week and we have to face the harsh realities of the world, I hope that we can equip ourselves in word and prayer. If any of us have fallen out of the habit of word and prayer, I hope we can get back into it starting today. There is no need to complicate the matter. Let’s get back to the basics of our Habits of Grace this week by reading the word of God daily, and setting aside some time to go to God in prayer.

Blessings.