SDA Sabbath School Lessons
January 27, 1996

#4 Discovery Through Study, Prayer, and Meditation

Read for this week's study:

Memory text: Psalm 119:18

Key thought:

Often as we work to learn the original situation and meaning of a text, we forget that the deepest understanding comes as a gift from God. We are not finished with our study until we have received a blessing from God and personal direction for our lives. Therefore, we must immerse ourselves not only in the text of the Bible but in meditation and prayer. Only then can we receive the insights needed to apply Scripture to specific areas of our lives.

Why We Need Prayer and Meditation?

"Those who will put on the whole armor of God and devote some time every day to meditation and prayer and to the study of the Scriptures will be connected with heaven and will have a saving, transforming influence upon those around them. Great thoughts, noble aspirations, clear perceptions of truth and duty to God, will be theirs. They will be yearning for purity, for light, for love, for all the graces of heavenly birth ...
"Abstract meditation is not enough; busy action is not enough; both are essential to the formation of Christian charachter."--Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, pp. 112-113.
"Let the student keep his Bible always with him and, as he has opportunity, read a text and meditate upon it."--Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 463.



The Holy Spirit enables us to discover truth in the Scriptures as we pray, meditate, and study. God wishes us to be committed to these spiritual disciplines as part of living by faith in Him.

Coded by Dave Albrecht.
Last updated on January 8, 1996.