Let me encourage you to memorize scripture in context. This doesn't mean that you have to learn an entire chapter, although, I do recommend the challenge at some point in your memorizing journey. But, if you are taking in a verse that is meaningful to you, be sure to read the verses before and after to see how it all fits together. If the whole paragraph adds to the depth and meaning of the one verse, be brave enough to memorize the whole paragraph. This didn't occur to me when I was 19, so now I have make-up work to do.
Many years ago I learned Ephesians 6:18. "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." It follows the passage about the full armor of God. I remember memorizing it during college because I wanted to understand what it meant to "pray in the Spirit" and I wanted to be someone who would "always keep on praying for all the saints." Many times I begged God to teach me to pray, to help me know what to pray and for whom to pray. This is still a deep cry of my heart.
However, one of my great weaknesses is praying for myself. I'm actually pretty terrible at it. On top of that, I have the hardest time answering when people ask me how they can pray for me. I usually respond with "Ummmm, well, uhhh, you can, hmmm...I'm not sure." Lame. **
Thank God for His word. He has answers to my inability to pray for myself!
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
There you have it, folks. I'm memorizing this one for sure!
I love how many of you are posting your verses. Thank you. I often hear, "Oh, I'm memorizing, I just never post on the blog." Well, come on! Just do it! It only takes a minute or two. Please know, posting isn't just for you. The accountability for you is great, but the purpose of posting our verses together is for encouragement, community, inspiration. When we see that there are others in this with us, it inspires us to keep up the good work, stay the course, not let anyone down. Community is far superior to taking the loner path. Stepping off my soapbox now...
Post away, friends! Moxie Memorizers celebration is coming soon. Watch for details to be posted in the next few days!
**Please don't worry or lecture. When I don't know specifics to pray for myself, I ask God to build the fruit of His Spirit in my life, to give me a gentle and quiet heart, to enable me to love and serve Chad and my kids, to build His leadership in my life that will flow into allowing me to lead others.