Reciting The Bible As A Prayer
Good evening and welcome to our nightly Bible devotional. Today is National Day of Prayer an I am out on the Prayer Walk here at the church. We put this prayer walk together for people to come out and walk the parking lot and to pray at the different stations. There are 7 different stations designed to give you a fun way to connect with God and let God connect with you.
I’m here at stop #6. I wanted to share with you one of my favorite things to do in prayer and that it to recite scripture and pray that scripture. Psalms 119:11 says, “I have hidden…or treasured… your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” So it is important for us to hide or memorize the scripture. After all, we don’t know if we will always have God’s word. Now is the time to commit it to memory.
So I have chosen tonight to try to recite from memory the 23rd Psalm. I was required to memorize this verse when I was a preschooler. I wish we would spend more time today teaching kids to memorize the Word of God. But unfortunately it is not a priority in our current society.
The 23rd Psalm goes like this:
The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside the quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the Shadow of Death
I will fear no evil
For thou are with me
Thy Rod, and Thy staff they comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Thou annoints my head with oil,
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The point of these six verse is to give us comfort knowing and resting in God’s care and provision. In John 10, Jesus shares with us that he is the good shepherd who takes care of his flock and has not lost one of the sheep in his care. I always get the picture in my head of Jesus carrying that little lamb. I like that picture because I am that little lamb tucked in the arms of my loving Lord and Savior.
Memorizing that scripture is just a part of the story. We want to pray that scripture. So thank God for his care and protection. Let’s also ask him to be with us…. especially as we walk though the valley of the Shadow of death with this Covid-19 crisis. Let’s think for a minute about dwelling in the house of the Lord forever and ever. Let’s praise him for abundant and eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.
PRAYER THOUGHT: “Dear God, our shepherd and Lord, We thank you for your provisions, your guidance, your care, and protection. We thank you for leading us in the path of righteousness. Help us, Father God in this time of crisis. Keep us safe. In Jesus name, AMEN!
I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. And don’t forget the Prayer walk around the church, We’re going to keep it up all weekend for those who haven’t had a chance to walk it and to pray. Good night and God bless you.