Heb.4:12 – For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
One of my grand adventures back in my Bible School/tree planting days took place near Klamath Falls, Oregon. We were finishing up a long day of work for Weyerhaeuser in the mountains and were about to break camp, it was the last day of our trip. Just as we finished dinner the forest rangers showed up at camp and told us we were ‘drafted’ to fight a forest fire that night. None of us had any experience in fire fighting so we ended up in a crew putting out the leftover fires in burned over areas. The one thing that became obvious that night, fire will keep burning until it runs out of fuel. That brings us to the lesson for today, prayer is a fire that burns on the fuel of the word of God. Here is Andrew Murray explaining that powerful combination of prayer and God’s Word.
“Prayer is like fire. The fire will only burn well if it is kept going with a viable fuel. God’s Word is a powerful fuel that must be carefully and prayerfully studied, taken to heart, and lived by. The inspiration and working of the Holy Spirit alone can do this. In this way we have a deeper insight into the value and power of God’s Word as the seed of everlasting life — a small seed in which life-giving strength is sheltered. Each Word or promise of God is a seed sheltering divine life in it. If I absorb it into my heart by faith and love, and meditate on it, it will produce fruit. Think about this: Even if your heart should feel cold and dead, the Word of God will bring about the kind of outlook He has promised in His Word. The Holy Spirit uses both the Word and prayer.”
Daily spending time reading the written word is imperative if we want to walk in the fire of God. Hebrews says that our God is a consuming fire, in our lives this fire is fueled by God’s promises. As you spend time in prayer, pay close attention to scripture that comes to mind, a fire just might break out.