Day 14 makes me realize that I need to be more grounded in God’s Word than ever before. That’s exactly what Jesus did – when Satan came against him, he went right back by quoting scriptures. It is the combination of internalizing scriptures and hitting our knees that will help us overcome the mountains and pharaohs in our lives.
The battlefield is the prayer closet. And secret prayer is our secret weapon.
When we hit our knees, we pick a fight with the enemy…That is where the battle is won or lost – on our knees! And when we hit our knees, God fights our battles for us.
All of us have impossible people in our lives. All we can do is circle them in prayer. It’s the only way to keep our attitude in check.
I learned we don’t have to be afraid of the enemy’s attacks. These attacks are counterproductive when we counteract them with prayer. The more opposition we experience, the harder we have to pray. And the harder we have to pray, the more miracles God does.
(pgs. 86-87 – Draw the Circle)
How can we internalize scripture?
Our family has started doing something we’ve never done before. We gather around the table every single night before we head upstairs for bed. We get out the Bible and start reading scripture. We’ve started mainly in the book of Proverbs, it is easy to understand for our young girls and it has very specific verses dealing with things like listening, arguing, being angry…yeah, all those wonderful things we REALLY NEED HELP WITH!
Now, don’t you be thinking we are this perfect family. In fact, the first night of doing this “Family Bible Time” – it was the result of one of the most terrible days ever. I could not take another minute of arguing and fussing between our two girls and my attitude needed a serious adjustment. So, I ordered everyone to go sit at that table. Brian looks at me, “Uh oh, I think we’re about to have a come to Jesus meeting!” Yes, indeed!
I have been more surprised than ever at how motivated and excited our girls are about learning the Bible. Who knew? Even Kylie at 2 years old, wow!
We’re writing our scriptures on index cards and putting them all over the house – on the wall beside their beds, on the mirror in the bathroom, on the wall in the kitchen.
It is continually before us and we are starting to really get it!!
Here’s a few examples:
LISTENING: Proverbs 12:15
A fool thinks he needs no advice. But a wise man listens to others.
ANGRY: Proverbs 14:29
A wise man controls his temper. He knows that anger causes mistakes.
QUARRELING: Proverbs 15:18
A quick tempered man starts fights. A cool tempered man tries to stop them.
TATTLING: Proverbs 17: 9
Love forgets mistakes; nagging about them parts the best of friends.
IMPATIENCE: Psalm 37:7a
Rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him to act.
Once we start internalizing the scriptures, it starts coming out in our prayers. Our prayers start reflecting the Word. And that takes our prayers to an entirely new level! Start praying the Word. Open up your Bible during your prayer time. See what God has to say.
Let’s quit talking to God about our problems and start talking to our problems about God!