All prayer is a response to what God has said. You can rea the Bible academically, study it lingustically, follow it morally, appreciate it artistically and enjoy it emotionally, but until you are moved to respond to God in prayer you have really heard the Word of God. Hearing the Word and prayer are inseparable. Together they mark our agreement with God's will. Prayer and the Word signal our realtionship with God. Through prayer we are given the opportunity to agree with the written Word of God.
Paul wrote that everything God created is good. However, it must be received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the Word of God and prayer (1 Tim 4: 4 – 5).
Prayer and the Word of God impact on one another in 2 ways:
- Praying the Word: Whenever you pray, you need to pray according to the Word of God
- Hearing the Word prayerfully: Through prayer you embrace the Wotd in your life. You allow God to speak, direct and guide you.