11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. Thessalonians 3:11-13
We discussed this passage briefly yesterday but wanted to add something.
Take a look at this prayer of Paul’s. Starting with verse 12, this could easily be prayed over someone you know in their presence.
Any time we can commit these words of God to memory is more power we’ll have in our daily life.
Have you ever had an earworm? You know, the song you heard a month ago but one line of the chorus is now stuck in your head and has been for the past three hours? Depending on what music you listen to and for how long, a phrase or two can get lodged in there for a long time. When I start memorizing my part for a barbershop song, two or three days later, one little phrase will just get stuck and won’t go away. The thing is, it may not even be the right notes or the right words, but because I’ve heard it over and over again, it’s stuck in my head – again, only a phrase, usually nothing more.
What if – what if – we had that kind of attitude towards the Word of God? What if we had a verse just stuck there in our minds and can’t let it go? How would it change your life?
To those who say they can’t memorize, I want to challenge that thought.
Start with smaller chunks of text. Start, for instance, with verses 12 and 13 above.
If it took you a full week to memorize these two verse, do you think you could do it then? Ok, so you won’t break the Guinness Book of World Records for Bible Memorization Speed, so what? Does it matter?
Two verses in your mind and eventually in your heart is life changing. Do that once a week with one or two different verses.
Do you think God can use 50-100 verses memorized to and for His glory?
But it starts off with one or two verses. That’s it.
Don’t try to cram so much in at once, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. If you need me to help you with it or hold you accountable, let me know.