Do not forget our secret weapon: we have a loving Father who wants to help us and bless us in our studies.
Reflect again upon what James tells us at the beginning of his letter:
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.– James, a servant of Jesus
Make prayer a priority. Do not wait until you are stuck. Start your studies with a prayer for help and end them with a prayer of thanks. Amen.
Some food for thought
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
A prayer to start your studies
As I look around me I see so much of your wonder and of your power,
And I praise your holy name above all else.
You have given me all I need for this day and so much more besides,
And I thank you and ask you not ever to forget me.
As I use this time to read and meditate upon your word,
Please keep my mind free from distractions, that I might devote myself wholly to you.
Open the eyes of my heart, that I may see you and understand your wisdom.
Draw me ever closer you, that through your words I may grow to know you and to love you with my whole being.
Thank you for every moment I can spend in your presence,
And may my life be lived for your honour and to your glory.
Through Jesus, your Son, I come to you. Amen.
A prayer to end your studies
Thank you for this time of study and reflection.
Every time I read your word I learn more of you and of your ways,
And the more I learn of you, the more I love you. Thank you.
Thank you for opening my eyes to things I could never see by myself.
Thank you for giving me the abilities I need to read and study your word.
Please help me to remember things I have learned,
To keep growing in my understanding of all your ways,
And to keep walking closer to you, day by day.
Thank you for Jesus. Amen.