I Timothy 4:4-5 ” For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it’s received with thanksgiving, because it’s consecrated by the Word of God and prayer.”

A quote I just saw from Charles Spurgeon really had me thinking…especially the Nurse in me. He said, “What is more important: praying or reading the Bible? I asked, What is more important: breathing in or breathing out?” Respirations are an involuntary function of our body that spontaneously starts the moment we’re born. Inhaling and exhaling follow one another seamlessly even when we’re sleeping. You can’t have one without the other… as the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide happens in our lungs. Together, they make up life…without one or the other, the body can’t exist. In this Scripture, Paul is encouraging the young Pastor Timothy to continue the widespread custom of Scripture reading and prayer before meals for inspiration and truth. For just as breathing is necessary for life, Bible reading and prayer are equally as necessary.

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