Falling in Love all Over Again! – by Melody Mason

I’ve always prayed before I study the Bible.

Indeed, I usually pray for quite some time before I even open the Bible in the morning. God always blesses. But recently the Scriptures have been coming to life in a whole new way.

So let me share what happened.

This summer a close friend and I decided to follow the new Believe His Prophets daily Bible reading together. While it’s been a blessing from the start, things began to change this past month when my friend found some beautiful parallels pointing to Christ in one chapter of Genesis.

After that, we challenged each other to look for Jesus in every chapter. After all, Jesus was able to find Himself throughout the Scriptures while traveling the road to Emmaus with two disciples: “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27).

To be honest though, sometimes Jesus isn’t visible even after we’ve read and reread a chapter several times. This can be discouraging! After all, what do you do with a story like Judah and his affair with Tamar in Genesis 38? Or what about Jacob’s genealogy in Genesis 46?

But when it seems like we face a spiritual roadblock, we start praying, and as we do, the Holy Spirit begins opening our eyes to see glimpses of Jesus again.

In Genesis 38, we realized that a repentant Judah, forgiven by God, is found together with Tamara in the family tree of Jesus in Matthew 1.

Jacob’s genealogy in Genesis 46 lists 12 sons. Jesus had 12 disciples. Jacob’s 12 sons were to populate the world. Jesus’ 12 disciples were to help win the world. Moreover, we are spiritual descendants of those 12 disciples.

Also in Genesis 46, Joseph’s family is described as shepherds who tend flocks. We are to be shepherds who help tend God’s flock. Jesus is our Shepherd.

The parallels just go on and on. Day after day my friend and I have been discovering that truly Christ is in all the Scriptures, just as He said on the road to Emmaus.

I’ve been a Seventh-day Adventist Christian my whole life. I’ve loved God’s Word from the time I was a child. But I can unashamedly say I’m falling in love with God’s Word all over again. What has been the key to unlocking the Scriptures and catching new glimpses of Christ? Prayer! Much prayer!

Melody Mason, United in Prayer Coordinator

NOTE:  View this week’s prayer focus on Mission to the Cities by clicking here! 

OXYGENPractical Application: 

Throughout Scripture we are encouraged by word and example to study to show ourselves approved unto God, as workers who do not need to be ashamed, “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). However, successful Bible study is not merely an intellectual process, for even Satan is an excellent Bible student.

Beyond mental understanding and “right dividing,” we need heart transformation. We need to see Jesus! This only comes through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We should make the psalmist’s petition our own: “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law” (Psalm 119:18).

If you aren’t already part of our Believe His Prophets Bible reading program, we encourage you to join by clicking here. And as you do, start looking for Christ in the Scriptures. It may not always be easy, but as you pray, God’s Word will come alive before your very eyes, just as it has for Melody and her friend.

Also, for more tips on how to study the Bible study, please visit our featured resource page and download Revived by God’s Word: A Mini-handbook for Bible Study.

Dear Heavenly Father, We’ve read Your Word many times, but today we need a fresh glimpse of Jesus. Please open our eyes that we may behold wondrous things out of Your law. Open our eyes that we may truly see Christ in every page. And as we do, change our hearts! Thank You for how You will answer this prayer. This we pray, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Promise to claim: Jer. 29:13

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  • musa

    We need power of the Spirit. We need transformation.

  • Emmy

    Amen, the Holy Spirit will guide us and and open our understanding as we search for Jesus. What a great privileged to be studying with our brethren around the globe.

  • Dorothy Ladd Kromrei

    I pray that our dear loving Father receives the joy that is due Him from all His people , called by His name, because we are seeking Him and learning to obey with our hearts full of love for Him.

  • JoDee Shoffner

    Hi Mel.
    Thanks for this thought. I MUST SEE JESUS!!!
    This is the answer to my every need and desire. The answer to my every question, every problem, every prayer focus and everything that I face. I had almost forgotten. I dare say it is by this hope we are saved. To see Jesus recreated in me and mirrored in everything I look upon. To see everyone I come in contact with in the light of Christ’s great sacrifice. Oh Lord: LET ME LIVE TO SEE JESUS….
    LORD Let our lives be: More and more about Jesus.

  • Bethune Davis

    Thanks for sharing Melody. I am really enjoying the studying of His word more as I seek to ‘find’ Jesus in books of the Old Testament. I was excited to see the parallel in today’s chapter – Exodus 2. Moses went to the palace at age 12 while at 12 Jesus was taken to the temple where He actually began “being about His Father’s business “.

    • United in Prayer – Staff

      Yes! Powerful! 😉

  • Alli

    Amen!
    Thank you for not only the testimony but the application to my prayer life. This is truly a blessing for me to have read. May God continue to bless you!

    • Cynthia yankana

      Thanks for this inspiring prayer group & the studying of God’s holy words it helps me to see Jesus more clearly & to have a closer walk with him daily
      Have a blessed day

  • Carleen Chambers

    Thank u again for this daily reading of the bible each day, may God continue to richly bless u all.amen

  • Pearl Joseph

    Amen All Praise to our Almighty God.He is awesome. What a great honor and privilege to be a part of of our Global bible reading plan and prayers. I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God, looking unto that blessed hope of the soon coming of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Thank You Lord for Your Grace that is sufficient for me.