12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.
16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
The words that God has spoken through the biblical authors are not dead. His words are alive and active and sharper than a double-edged sword. Reading the Bible and prayer completes the conversation with God.
John Stott - 'If we are cut off during a telephone conversation we do not jump to the conclusion that the person on the other end has died.' We need to adopt the attitude of Samuel, who said,' Speak, for your servant is listening'( 1 Samuel 3:10)
We can either read the Bible first and then pray or pray first and then read the Word. The order is not important.What's important is to complete both speaking and listening to Him. Sometimes we confuse reading the Bible with listening to God.We should not only read scripture but listen to it too. We should turn our eyes into ears. Jesus said in John10:27 - ' My sheep listen to my voice;I know them, and they follow me'.
Decide to read the Bible daily and consistently and practise what you read.