Prayer Is The Best Hermeneutic

"Theological reading [of the Bible]... is pursued theocentrically, looking and listening for God throughout, with the controlling purpose of discerning him with maximum clarity, through his own testimony to his will, works, and ways. Such reading is pursued prayerfully, according to Martin Luther's observation that the first thing one needs to become a good theologian through Bible reading is prayer for the illumination and help of the Holy Spirit."

- J. I. Packer