Memory Verses

‘Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all day.’ Psalm 119:97 NRS

One of the most powerful tools God has given you for conquering fear and worry is memorising Scripture. Your memory is like a muscle; the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. Seneca, the ancient Roman teacher of rhetoric, would impress his class of two hundred by asking each student to recite a favourite line of poetry. He would then recite all two hundred lines from memory—in reverse order. Saint Augustine had a friend who could recite all the poet Virgil’s words—backwards!

Ok, maybe those guys were particularly gifted—but there are lots of things most of us can recite from memory too. Things like birthdays and anniversaries, addresses, phone numbers, bank account details and certain passwords. These items have two characteristics in common: we use them frequently, and we need them constantly. In other words, we have memorised them because we use them so often, and we can’t get along without them.

Similarly, you can begin to conquer your worries by confronting them each time they arise with a Scripture you have memorised. It’s powerful and effective! It works! Why? Because God’s power is greater than your problems, and God’s Word is greater than your worries. In addition, God is committed to keeping His Word. So when you speak Scriptural words instead of anxiety-ridden words, God goes to work on your behalf. He has made you this promise: ‘I will hasten My word to perform it.’ (Jeremiah 1:12 KJV)

So if you’re serious about wanting to conquer stress and worry, begin to memorise and verbalise God’s Word each day. If you haven’t already done so, join the Treasury Project at vision.org.au/biblememory

SoulFood: 2 Chron 7:12–16, Matt 6:5–15, Luke 18:1–8

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2022

Today’s Readings

2 Chronicles 7:12–16

12 Then the LORD appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.

Matthew 6:5–15

“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:

  “Our Father in heaven,
  hallowed be your name.
10   Your kingdom come,
  your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11   Give us this day our daily bread,
12   and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13   And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 18:1–8

18:1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

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