what people get from reading the Bible.
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For instance, let’s say you’ve been worried about your teenage son. You might try personalizing 1 Peter 5:7: “ … casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you” (NASB) by reading it this way:
“I will cast all my anxiety on You, Lord, because You care for me.”
Going a little deeper, if you were to use the same verse and turn it more into a prayer, it would go something like this (with help from the Amplified Bible):
“Father, I’m so worried about Tommy’s recent failing grades and the kids he’s hanging out with. And I’m scared he might be doing drugs, or worse. Father, I cast all of these concerns on You (once and for all) because I know You care for me affectionately. And thank You for carefully watching over me and my son.”
Personalizing can transition a verse into a personal declaration between God and us. We begin to recognize more clearly who we truly are: Christ-followers, God’s representatives, lovers of people – and individuals totally dependent on a God Who loves us.
As we do this, we grow in our trust in the only One Who knows exactly how to intervene in our struggles.
A Bible verse can transition from dry words on a page to words that overflow with hope that leads to building a relationship with the Author.
This is not my original idea. I learned it years ago from those who knew that the only way they could continue to grow in their faith was by trusting God’s Word.
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