This is the second key. God has already spoken to us through His written word, the Bible, which is also referred to as the Scripture. He has told us what we need to know about living a fulfilling and meaningful life, and it’s up to us to dig in. The Bible is easily available in stores, on the Internet, as apps for mobile devices and even as audiobooks.

Several verses show us how valuable the Bible is for us:

Your word is a lamp to my feet
            and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105, NIV)

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16, ESV)

Directly or indirectly, the Bible addresses all aspects of our lives. It can be helpful to develop a Bible reading plan that fits you. For example, you might begin with the Gospel of John. Some find it helpful to read one psalm and a chapter of Proverbs each day, or a chapter of the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) each day. Consider how what you are reading applies to you. Some parts of the Scripture are easier to understand than other parts, and it is normal not to understand all of it at first. What you do understand will help you grow as a follower of Yeshua and become more like him. As you grow spiritually, you will find that portions of the Bible you didn’t understand at first will begin to make sense.

You can find suggested Bible reading plans at https://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/, or simply search “bible reading plans” for similar sites.

A book such as How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth,by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, can help orient you as a new Bible reader. It’s easily available via amazon.com. A book series such as The Bible Speaks Today (published by InterVarsity Press) can help you with individual books of the Bible.

As you read through the Bible, you will find it contains many prayers that might express some of the things you want to say to God. Reading the Bible can help deepen your prayer life, just as praying can help deepen your Bible-reading experience.

In summary, when we pray, we speak to God, and open our hearts to hearing from Him. When we read the Bible with an open heart, God speaks to us. Praying is something you can do throughout the day, but it’s especially helpful to pray before reading the Bible.

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