Hide the Words in Your Heart

Memorizing scripture is what many of us learn to do from an early age. When I was a teenager I questioned why we were always memorizing verses but not really doing anything with them other than having contests to see who could recite the most verses from memory.

It wasn’t until I was older that I realized the importance of doing this. All throughout the bible, we are told how vital it is to know the word and live by the word. It is through reading over and again that we are able to memorize the word and truly hide it in our hearts like David talked about in Psalm 119:11.

In today’s world, it seems we Christians are always fighting for our faith. So many people want to rid the world of anything resembling Christianity, and there are already countries where it is illegal to read from a bible. By memorizing scripture and hiding those words in your heart, no one can ever take your bible away.

Click the link below to read more about a pastor in China who was imprisoned and how the scriptures he memorized as a young adult helped him stay sane and kept his faith strong.

Freedom to Memorize Scripture

Restart Your Goals

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With every new year there typically come new goals we set in our lives. We want to start or restart something in order to better ourselves. Some of us write our goals out or create a “bucket list” of things we want to do throughout the year.

What types of goals do you set for yourself?

In a study I’m currently going through called Restart, I found myself convicted when hit with one of the questions. As you look at your goals for life, is understanding and living according to God’s Word at the top of the list?

GULP

You know what? I can say I absolutely have a desire to understand and live according to God’s Word. I can say I absolutely try to understand and live according to God’s Word . . . most of the time. But I can’t say that I have ever written this out as priority, or as any number, on my list of goals. Maybe that’s why I try to do it most of the time.

I feel like it’s a given, so I don’t give it a second thought when I’m considering upcoming goals. What I realize, though, is those goals I’ve written – in ink – are always in front of me as a reminder of what I’m striving for. I remember that my goal is, say, to complete the online course I started creating last year, so during “free” time, I make sure I’m working on getting code written and tests made for said course.

There have been times in my life where I’ve found myself going days without ever cracking open the Word or talking to God. Why? Because I was too busy working on that goal I set for myself – the one I thought was important enough to write down and even prioritize on my goals list.

I find I’m living less according to God’s Word when more days go by without communicating with him through prayer or reading.

This question reminds me that #1 on my list of goals should always be reflective of what I want my spiritual walk to be. If creating an online course is important enough to write down, why would I ever think my time with God isn’t?

Pray Dangerously

Have you ever felt like your prayers sound “kindergarten” level compared to other people? Let me tell you, we have a youth pastor who can bring mountains down with his prayers. I used to always say that I wish I could pray with just half as much power as he does. Who am I kidding? I just said that a few weeks ago!

If you’ve seen the movie War Room, you’ve seen the type of prayer I’m talking about. It’s the kind of prayer that makes the enemy tremble and run as fast as he can in the opposite direction. I want to pray powerfully and dangerously – the kind of prayer that makes things happen. I want to tear down walls with the power of my prayers, but when I say them out loud, two things happen:

  1. I am terribly distracted by something I need to do or a spider making its way across the ceiling ore pretty much anything that can possibly distract me, or
  2. I’m focusing so much on the words I use and how I use them that my heart isn’t connecting with my words.

Maybe I’m the only one who does this, but I’m thinking surely there are more people out there who understand this struggle.

Distracted No More

I am a very tactile, hands on person. I need to DO something in order to learn and remember how to do it. I learned at an early age that if I am listening to an audiobook, I don’t hear any of it. Maybe I hear some of it, but I don’t remember it the next day. If I’m sitting in a lecture or meeting, I can assure you that I will not remember anything the minute I leave all because I’m distracted by my thoughts. But if I write what I’m hearing, I’ll be much more likely to remember it.

Knowing this about myself, I started writing my prayers in a journal back in my early 20s. When I’m writing my prayers, I don’t get distracted by the things around me because my eyes are only seeing the words on the paper. It has made a HUGE difference in how I pray.

It also helps me with my 2nd struggle because I focus less on what words come out. Instead I just write what is in my heart. I don’t worry about how it sounds, and I love going back years later to read my prayers and see how God has moved in my life.

If you’ve never tried it, I encourage you to write your prayers this week. If you hear God telling you something, write it as well. You never know. That might be your new favorite way to pray!

 Shift Focus from Your Words to THE Word

You have everything you need to pray powerful prayers. The key is to stop focusing on your words!

Yes, you read that right.

Stop focusing on your words, and focus on the Word. When you pray from scripture, you know your prayers align with God’s will. And you know your prayers have power!

When you don’t feel like you know the words to pray, remember God gave you the Word, and it’s a mighty sword that speaks truth over any situation, circumstance, or thought that comes your way.

In the book Unglued, Lysa TerKeurst talks about how often we label ourselves and become imprisoned by those labels. It made me aware that I’ve done that to myself many times. Lysa also says, “Labels only stick if you let them.”

What better way to rid yourself of labels than praying THE WORD rather than your words over those labels and thoughts of yourself?

You’re not sure how to find scripture relating to your prayer topic? Google it! You’ll quickly find scriptures relating to your topic, and then you can pray them over yourself or others.

Here’s how it works:

You look in the mirror and don’t like what you see? – Psalm 139:13-15
Prayer – Thank you, God, for creating me so wonderfully. Your word says, “Your works are wonderful and marvelous,” and as one of your works, that means I am wonderful and marvelous.

You feel like you are alone? – Isaiah 41:10
Prayer – I know that it is impossible for me to be alone because you’re always with me. Thank you, God.

You feel like you aren’t special and don’t have a purpose? – Jeremiah 1:5
Prayer – Your word says you knew me and set me apart from others before I was even conceived. Thank you, Lord, for creating me with a purpose!

Sweet friend, take time this week to think about ways you’ve allowed a label to stick on you, and look through the Word to find scripture to pray over those labels. Start hiding those scriptures in your heart so you’re able to stop those thoughts as soon as they come to you whether you have your Bible nearby or not.

You know I can’t end this without adding the “War Room” Prayer.