“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” — Proverbs 12:1
The famous baseball player Ted Williams put up some amazing statistics in his days. In the 40s and 50s, he was known as a “natural hitter” because of the seeming ease with which he would make contact with the ball and send it soaring through the air.
Williams was once asked about his natural ability to hit. He replied, “There’s no such thing as a natural-born hitter. I became a good hitter because I paid the price of constant practice.”
Many people today want to have a close relationship with God and experience Him daily. But they’re simply reluctant to pay the price to do it. They see others who have an unshakable faith and know God’s Word up and down. But what they don’t realize is that those people have spent years in prayer and reading the Bible to build that kind of faith!
It’s impossible to know God intimately and walk closely with Him without spending time in His Word and in prayer. That takes diligence, discipline, and commitment. So make sure you’re ‘practicing’ your faith daily. Commit time and effort in knowing God more intimately by reading His Word and spending consistent time in prayer!
Pray that God would give you the discipline and desire to grow closer to Him through reading His Word and prayer.
Questions for thought
Why do you think many people are reluctant to put in the time and effort necessary to knowing God intimately?
What are some steps you can take starting today that will help you grow even closer to God through His Word and prayer?