“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
Knowing about God is certainly much different than knowing God Himself. In much the same way, knowing about God’s Word is vastly different than knowing God’s Word. For me, the best way to know God’s Word is to memorize it. Yes, I can know all about God without ever memorizing anything from His Word. But memorizing His Word is an indication to me—and to Him—how much I value Him and how much I desire intimacy with Him. I will memorize what I believe to be important. Do you memorize recipes, sports facts, movie lines, word meanings, and other trivia? Shouldn’t memorizing God’s Word be placed at a higher priority than these eternally insignificant things?
–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).
Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, Your Word from Genesis to Revelation is filled with all I need! Because You have gifted me with the privilege of a good mind, the ability to read, and the opportunity to apply Your Word to my life, I can have wisdom, peace, joy, strength and every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. Help me have a deep desire to not only commit it to memory, but to step into its truth for the sake of Your kingdom.
Praise God as the fair judge and ruler who never lets wealth, appearance, or earthly power influence his decisions. Give thanks for God’s constant concern for those in positions of weakness and poverty (Jas. 1:27). Confess those times when your support of the poor has been in word only and not in action (1:22-25). Commit yourself to seeing people as God sees them, not as our society sees them. Ask God to open your eyes to those who are “poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith” (Jas. 2:5).
Pray for specific individuals and families in your church who may be having a hard time financially. Ask God what you can do to help (Gal. 6:9-10).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).