My friend Marjorie recently wrote to me about an incident from the lives of two great men. A. B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, once had as a house guest F. B. Meyer, great Bible scholar of that generation.
Darlene Deibler Rose writes in Evidence Not Seen the story of her four years in a Japanese internment camp. She spent weeks in solitary confinement with very little food and much harsh treatment. One day with real effort she climbed up to look out a window to watch some prisoners in the courtyard and saw a woman grab some bananas from a hand that shot through a tangle of vines while the guard's back was turned.
Lynn's mail order cotton knit dress finally arrived. As soon as the UPS driver delivered it, in her rush to get the packaging dyes out, she threw it into the washer and dryer. When she tried it on, it had shrunk a whole size. She stood before the mirror, tugging and pulling. Both the sleeves and length were too short, and when she yanked the sleeves, the seam ripped.
"I wanted to spend time with the Lord, so I began taking my Bible to work, and I spent my lunch hour with Him. I had the distinct impression that He was pleased with my taking that time just to be with Him," a friend said.
When we memorize Scripture, we make it available to the Spirit to bring it to our minds--especially for prayer and praise--but there are additional benefits. The Psalmist said, "I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you" (119:11). There is nothing better to keep us from sinning than God's Word. Even Jesus overcame temptation through memorized Scripture. (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10).
A lady in England read that when one prays for someone miles away, something always happens at the other end. She had a brother in India who was not a Christian and she thought, "If I pray for him, will something happen? Is this statement true?"
Amy had been studying Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me," and the Lord placed within her a desire to really know Him--not just know about Him. Each morning she began to pray, "Lord, I consider myself dead to sin and alive to Your life that is in me. I ask You to take over."
"From 1997 to 2005, we hosted multiple citywide times of prayer, fasting, and communion," wrote Sherrie Moore in Richmond, Virginia. "During one of our more intimate gatherings, we called together pastors, leaders, and intercessors to address 'the most ancient stronghold in our city' -- Freemasonry."
I like to praise God using the words of some of the great old hymns. One line in "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" speaks of God as being in "the center of unbroken praise." Despite what is going on around us, we can be a part of that circle of praise surrounding God! What a joyful privilege!
It was an anxious time for my friend Gwen. She had just learned that her twins had epilepsy. She knew that God was in control, but worry crept into her life. Eventually she found it difficult to function as a mother.