Why should I memorize Scripture?

Prayer Focus week 32 (Sunday-Shabbat)

Have you also noticed that it is more difficult to memorize than it was even a couple of years ago?  As we studied last week, what we DO is what we really believe, so why do I need to bother memorizing Scripture?

Five reasons to memorize Scripture:
1.    We are to hide God’s Word in our hearts. (Ps 119:11)
2.    We are to meditate on His Word day and night. (When I review my Scripture at night, I find it is constantly rolling over in my mind – all night!)
3.    It will help keep our ways pure (Ps 119:9-11)
4.    We will be ready in season with the appropriate Scripture and a timely Word.
5.    Memorizing causes our minds to become more nimble.
Verse to memorize:  Today is the day to commit to memorizing Psalm 91!
o    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust (Psalm 91:1-2, NIV)
o    Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart (Psalm 91:3-4, NIV)
o    You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. (Psalm 91:5-6, NIV)
o    A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. (Ps 91:7-8, NIV)
o    If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the LORD, who is my refuge –
then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. (Ps 91:9-10, NIV)
o   For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (Ps 91:11, NIV)
Prayer:we blessed to be allowed to intercede for the needs. Some answers come within a few days, others may take weeks or months. Regardless of what we see with our natural eyes, HE is working. We need to continue to be faithful inintercession!
Sacred, precious heavenly Father. We bless You! Thank You for again intervening in all of these situations. Help us to really weigh each of our actions – that they might truly reflect what we want to be in our hearts. Help us to commit Your Word to our hearts; help the meditations of our hearts to be on You and on Your Word. We pray continued favor and blessings on each of these requests – heal the physically and emotionally hurting. Be with our soldiers – bring them home whole: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically – and stronger than when they left. Be with their wives. Touch finances – we pray that each with be debt-free by the end of 2012. Bring Your peace to J’lem. In Your Holy Name.
Hallelujah: lots are great action THIS week!
o    Don: urgent care doctor quickly determined his issue – thank you sooo much for your quick response in praying for him! Pain is now under control.
o    Bonnie: had a good week at her first week back at work!
o    Les’a: flexibility in increasing in foot and      swelling is decreasing.
o    Natan’s unit was successful and he is on another mission!
o    Maxine is getting stronger every day. Hallelujah!!!
o    Genevieve Rose (Deb’s granddaughter) and mother: both are doing well. She was born at 7#, 14oz.
o    Travels have been fantastic!
o    Unexpected “Family get-to-gethers” are increasing!!
Requests: (please email updates on these situations)… we blessed to be allowed to intercede for these!Some answers to prayer come within a few days, others may take weeks or months. Regardless of what we see with our natural eyes, HE is working. We need to continue to be faithful in our intercession!Reminder: Don’t forget to email answers – even baby steps are answers!
o    Don: total healing from shingles with no lingering effects.
o    Bob (husband of Les’a’s co-worker): cancer surgery Wednesday.
o    Lynn (Paul’s wife): nodule on thyroid.
o    Paul: upcoming total knee replacement surgery and pre-surgery complications.
o    Bonnie: oxygen level to increase.
o    Les’a: swelling in foot to continue lessening and flexibility in toe to continue increasing.
o    Norman G: flexibility in thumb
o    Lori: transition to work continues to be good with no physical strain on her body.
o    Hurting hearts & bodies would be healed.
o    Maxine, Chantell (& boys), Yvonne (& family): to be totally healed
o    Jeannette: healing from eye surgery and continued complications.
o    Carol (Maxine’s friend): lump in rib
o    2012: wisdom and self-control that we can all achieve financial freedom
o    Jeanne (Bonnie’s friend): stage 4 ovarian cancer. salvation and healing with the understanding it was God Who healed her.
o    Phyllis & Dawn: continued prayer for total healing of their knees.
o    John: continued health and financial challenges.
o    Jobs (Betty, Rhonda, Deb, and all those who not listed): those who need work. That God will give them fulfilling and rewarding employment where they will have great favor!
o    Keith (Dawn’s grandson): come to the God of his parents and grandmother.
o    Debbie and family (Maxine’s daughter and grandkids): prayer for their healing as they transition to life without Matt. Also, prayer for Frank and family during their transition without Judy. And for Karen and kids with their loss of Fred.
o    Rudy (Les’a’s friend): cracked skull resulting in major mental complications.
o    Financial needs.
o    God to continue strengthening and building family relationships!
o    God will protectour soldiers – that He will give them wisdom.
o    Kyle (Yvonne’s son), Natan and family (Les’a and Don’s son and his family): Pray for wisdom, accuracy, and knowledge. God will bring them home whole: spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. And God will be with their families.
o    The hearts of Americans: turn to God!
o    Norman K: job interview– with possibility of working at home!
o    Marita: where she is to live.
o    Families(all of our families): to be whole and walk in the ways of the Lord!
o    Kyle: serving in Afghanistan. Pray that he will be protected, and fully yield his heart to the Lord.
o    Grandson: pray that his mom and her boyfriend treat him with love.
o    Marriages to be healed.
o    Jon: That God intervenes and places him where he will be encouraged to make good decisions, impacting his family for good.
o    God’s protection over Israel
o    David: return to the God of his youth — that his family will be encouraged.
o    Healing of family relationships.
o    Intercessors for The Call To Prayer: wisdom and tenacity to continue on to see victory!
o    God’spower, anointing, and favor on pastors.
o    Sheri: migraines would permanently leave.
o    Peace of Jerusalem!
o    Debt-free in 2012!
o    Pima County Sheriff’s department.
o    Those who need jobs will get jobs — God-chosen jobs.
o    Deb: migraines and onslaught of the enemy.
o    Need total & complete healing for hearts of my family that are wounded; forgiveness for offenses; & new found understanding & commitment to family, restoration & unity
o    Need for increased income with wisdom & self-control, in order to pay off credit card/legal fees.
o    Josiah: favor, protection & a heart like King David.
o    Favor & wisdomin the work force: We would be excellent in the work place – even as Joseph, Daniel, etc. were – blessings to the companies because we are there!
o    Bob: special prayer for physical healing.
o    God will healour land
o    Three sisters to meet godly men.
o    Children will stop runningand will turn to God.
o    Corbin (Jim’s acquaintance): God will open his eyes to accept Jesus as his Lord and that he will accept the word of God.
o    God will supplythe needs of those in ministry.
o    A’s daughter in law: her heart, drawn to her husband; that the Lord would place believers in her path.
o    A’s relationship with his daughter: healing and mending of hearts.    
o    A’s Medicare situation to be straightened out – to his financial benefit. And for doctors to find the right solution to his health issues.
o   T (Les’a & Don’s friend & a man of God): the Lord would bring him the perfect helpmate – to share his life and to be a partner in ministry.
o    Email me: results & challenges,we want to hear – we love you and are here for YOU!
o    Visit:www.ifmypeople.info!
o    Assignments:
1.    Speakthe Word to these situations.
2.    Fast: Wed-Thurs(you choose whether liquid/water/juice fast or no pleasant bread fast (giving up a food or drink that you love) for these two days. Several are fasting longer to break the chains that are ensnaring.
3.    Pray earnestly for the rest of ourWatchmen. We lift up each other’s arms as Moses were lifted by Aaron and Hur.