Meditate on Application
The Lord wants us to live out His Word. One such passage we have seen recently is Ephesians 1:8: “Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.” “Wisdom” is the thorough knowledge and understanding of God’s Word, and “prudence” is the specific plan, the application. Here are two things you can do to grow in applying a certain passage to your life: meditate on that passage and pray.
Thomas Watson wrote in A Treatise Concerning Meditation: “Meditation is an excellent means to profit by the Word. Reading may bring a truth into the head; meditation brings it into the heart!” Thinking about a passage generates ideas on how to apply the passage to your set of circumstances.
Prayer also aids. What you persistently think about is what you desire. Our prayers should be filled with scriptural desires. When you pray about how to apply a passage or a principle, the Lord will guide you, even as He delights in giving the scriptural desires of your heart (cf. Psalm 37:4).