“Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place” (Psalm 51:6).
It is very beneficial to take time to reflect upon a passage of Scripture you have committed to memory. I can memorize Scripture without meditating on it, and I can certainly meditate on Scripture without memorizing it. I find it extremely beneficial when I both memorize and meditate on a particular passage of Scripture, so the vast majority of my meditation happens this way. Memorizing a passage tells me what it says. Meditating on a passage tells me what it means to me right now. I love reflecting and sensing what God is communicating to me about a passage that I have committed to memory. Hopefully, what I have memorized has not only impacted my mind but also my heart. By meditating on that passage, the Holy Spirit can harmonize my mind, my heart, and my spirit to teach me truth in my inmost parts. It is a beautiful thing.
–Taken from The Path toward Passion (Nine Disciplines that Connect Your Heart to God’s) by Dean Trune. (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).
Holy God, so often I become proud when I memorize a verse or passage of Your Word, when what I really need to do is apply it to my life. Help me to reflect upon the truth of Your Word as expressed through Your heart so that the Holy Spirit can teach me the truth deep within my being.
Praise God for his agape love, a liberating power, expressed through selfless acts. Thank God for times when you have experienced his unfailing love for you, his child. Confess those times when you failed to love him. Commit yourself to modeling God’s love in all your relationships with others. Ask God to make you sensitive to those occasions when unconditional love can be expressed in your actions.
Pray that God will give you a vision for what he is accomplishing through the lives of those who are close to you.
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).