Read, Mark, Learn, and Inwardly Digest

Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning; Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. (The Book of Common Prayer: Collects, Epistles, & Gospels)

The above prayer, from the 2nd day of Advent in the collects of the Book of Common Prayer, is perfect for the evangelical biblical studies individual such as myself. Scripture is meant for learning. We study it in order to digest it–to be nourished by Scripture. In so doing, we will have the strength to stand fast in Christ. What a delightful prayer!

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