I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me. —Proverbs 8:17
Our motives are misplaced if we think we read the Bible and pray to please God, or to keep from making Him mad at us.
God once told me, “You think, when you read the Bible, that you are making Me happy. I am going to be happy whether you read it or not. No, Joyce, if you read the Bible, you’re happy. If you pray, you’re happy. If you give, you receive.”
Every single thing that God tells us to do, He tells us to do so to bless ourselves. He doesn’t ask us to devote ourselves to study and prayer for Him; it is for us.