I recently received a prayer request through my "Submit a Prayer Request" tab at the top of this page. I take all requests for prayer very seriously and pray for each one. I usually don't share these requests as I believe they are private, but this one really hit me. I have no idea who submitted this, but it was just for me. Here's a part of the request:
I’ve been for a couple years now and have really become very passionate about it over the past 12 months. It has been a joy to me to be able to encourage others in their walk with God using Scripture, and constantly to have a word from the Lord in my heart and mind. But even though I live in a completely Christian home, none of my family members care about memorizing Scripture and it has honestly become quite a discouragement to me. Every person who has every joined me has given up after no more than a month or two, and sometimes I feel like I’m by myself in this.
Can I just say, "Wow!" Ok, God, I get it. You see, at the beginning of this year, I challenged myself (and others) to memorize the book of James this year. I had memorized all the way to James 1:26 and then I quit. It was at this point that I realized that I was the only one memorizing James and I figured, "if no one else is doing it, then why am I?" Now please hear me - this has nothing to do with anyone but me. I am not pointing fingers. I was doing the reverse of "if everyone else is doing then it, then so will I." Why was I memorizing scripture in the first place? Was it just to "keep up with the Jones"? Apparently I didn't see the benefit to hiding God's Word in my heart. When I read the prayer request above, I saw myself as the person who "has given up after no more than a month or two." Again, wow!
I really feel like God sent this request right to me - maybe it was even written by Him. (smiles) God's Word is too important to just give up. So, even if it takes me two years, I AM going to memorize the book of James, and other scriptures. And not memorize them just to say that I did, but so that I can pull those scriptures up as encouragement for others or myself.
To the person that sent that request - If you are reading this, thank you for sending that request to me. I will be praying for you. And if you are interested, I would love to keep each other accountable in this process.
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