Growing up as a child, I always wondered why my dad insists so much that we memorize passages from the Bible. He even created a sort of competition between us, me and my siblings, to motivate us to read and memorize Bible passages. The one who memorizes more passages for the week receives special treats such as a dollar bill or a box of candies. My dad himself made it a lifetime goal to memorize the Bible. But why is it so important to memorize Bible passages?
Memorize Bible passages is important to plea our case to God when we pray
As Christians, when we pray, we are, in fact, addressing a plea to our creator, God. A plea is a formal statement by or on behalf of a defendant claiming that a point of law should apply. Going in the presence of God in prayer can then be compared to going in front of a judge, as a defendant or the lawyer of a defendant, to make a plea. The most important thing when you are pleading a case in front of a judge is to know the law. In a plea, every claim you make must be supported by a specific reference to the law; as stated in the definition, you need to be able to prove that a point of law should apply for what you are requesting in your statement. No judge will grant you something on the basis of your eloquent charming speech. You will be granted what you ask for only if you can prop your request in precise legal references. In other words, the law is your best lawyer, your best ally, and your best shield whenever you are pleading for something.
Addressing a prayer to our heavenly Father is not much different from making a legal plea. Therefore, when we pray, we must use the laws that regulate our relationship with God to support our request, to justify our claim. And the Bible is the only place where we can find the laws that define and explain our relationship to God, our rights and duty in the Kingdom of God, as well as everything that we are entitled to and how to access them as citizens of the Kingdom of God. In the same way that the laws of the worldly countries are founded on a Constitution, the laws of the Kingdom of God are sourced from its Constitution, the Bible. It is expected that every citizen knows the Constitution by heart, so they can know their prerogatives and boundaries. Knowing the law by heart is the best way the citizens can shield themselves. As David stated in Psalm 18:30, the word of the Lord is a shield for all who take refuge in him.
A practical way to use memorized Bible passages to plea your case to God in prayer is by quoting the passage and building your request upon what the word of God says in the passage you quote. For example, if you have committed an offense against one of the laws of the Kingdom of God, such as lying, and you are praying to God for forgiveness, you can quote the word as follow:
Heavenly Father, in 1 John 1:9 your word says” If I confess my sins, you are faithful and just and will forgive me my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness”. On these words, Father, I come to you right now, in the name of Jesus-Christ, with a broken heart I am asking you to please forgive me for having been a liar. I am sincerely sorry for the offense I comitted against the laws of your Kingdom. I know liars have no place in your Kingdom, as stated in Psalm 101:7 “no one who practices deceit shall dwell in my house; no one who utters lies shall continue before my eyes”. Please, Father, forgive me and purify me from all the lies. And I firmly take the decision to change and to obey the laws of your Kingdom in all aspects of my life. Amen!
Memorize Bible passages is important to protect us from false teaching
The more I listen to many different preachers, the more I realize that not all of them are preaching the true gospel. By true gospel, I mean gospel that Jesus-Christ preached during his assignment on this earth and the word of God the exact way it is written in the Bible. The scarier part of those false teachings around the world is that they are all using biblical references, which makes it very hard and confusing for someone to distinguish the right teaching from the wrong teaching because they both use the same Bible. Your best shield to protect yourself against the false teaching is to know for yourself, by heart, what the word of the Lord says. If you rely only on what you are hearing from preachers, you may be missing the Truth. It is crucial that every believer read and meditate on the word of God personnally.
The devil himself often uses words from the Bible to confuse believers. If you do not know the Bible for yourself, you may be confused and get carried into darkness by the devil. Jesus himself, when he came from the wilderness after 40 days of complete fasting, was tempted by the devil who used Bible quotes to challenge Jesus. But, as you can see in Matthew chapter 4, Jesus used Bible passages to defend himself against the devil’s claims and cast him away.
Then the devil took him to the holy city and made him stand on the parapet of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you and with their hands, they will support you lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, you shall not put the Lord, your God to the test.” Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain and he showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.” At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away Satan! It is written: The Lord, your God, shall you worship and him alone shall you serve.” Then the devil left him, and behold angels came and ministered to him. Matthew 4:5-11
As believers, we need to recongnize that we are in a constant battle with the devil and all the tools he is using in this world to drive us away from God. But the good news is that we have the most poweful tools available to us to fight the battle: parayer and the the word of God. Let’s make the word of God our best friend: read it, study it and memorize it.
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