Okay, I know what you’re thinking – I don’t have a good memory.
I forget what I was going to do or what I was going to say.
I forget where I put my glasses when they’re on my head.
I forget where my cell phone is, sometimes even when I’m on it.
And she’s telling me to remember…?!
C’mon, admit it, you’ve done those things, too, right?
I need a lost and found in my house because I’m constantly losing things!
Can you relate?
In my last blog, we looked at the first letter of an acrostic for prayer, P, for Proactively Pursue Prayer. The first thing we need to do is just do it – get intentional about prayer.
This time we’ll look at the R – for Remember.
Remember to worship.
This is the very first thing Jesus taught in The Lord’s Prayer, Our Father, Who Art in Heaven, Hallowed by Thy Name.
Jesus started the Lord’s Prayer with worship – acknowledging who God is and that He is holy.
Psalm 100:4 tells us to Enter his presence with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
Remembering produces thankfulness and thankfulness produces worship.
There are many places in scripture where God tells His people to “remember” or “don’t forget.”
Deuteronomy 8:2 says, you shall remember the whole way the LORD your God has led you…
Verses 8:11-14 go on to say – Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
When I read this I think it sounds a bit too much like our country today. We could even substitute a few words in there, such as, “…who brought you out of England, out of the land of religious bondage.”
America needs our prayers, for sure.
I’m afraid too many have forgotten the Lord. Many haven’t been taught as Deuteronomy 6:7 instructs.
I encourage you to read all of Deuteronomy 8, and also Psalm 106, which gives a good overview of what happened with the Israelites. It was pretty much a roller coaster ride of remembering and forgetting.
They’d obey for a while and then forget; God would warn, they wouldn’t listen, then He’d have to discipline them; they’d remember and return to Him, and the roller coaster ride would continue on, and on…
Caution – you may get spiritual motion sickness just reading it.
But we all have this problem.
Why is it important to remember (even if we’re forgetful)? It is important to remember who God is and what He has done so we can worship and obey Him.
Here are a few more “remember” verses…
1 Chronicles 16:15 – Remember His covenant forever.
Isaiah 46:9 – Remember the things of old, for I am God and there is no other.
Luke 22:19 – Do this in remembrance of me.
We simply cannot worship if we don’t remember.
How can you be more proactive to remember what God has done and
worship Him at the beginning of your prayers?
And how can we obey that which we’re not continually reminded?
I’ve developed this acrostic to help us all remember and pray the elements of prayer Jesus taught in the Lord’s Prayer so we can have more effective, prevailing prayers. So stay tuned – don’t forget to remember to come back next Saturday for the “A” of the acrostic.
God promises, Do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.
Proverbs 3:1-2 NIV
We are promised if we remember to obey, God will bless you in the land. (Deuteronomy 28:8).
We might forget that cell phone or those glasses, but we are never to forget God’s laws and all He has done for us.
Remember, it is first in Jesus’ prayer strategy. So don’t forget to begin your prayers with worship.
This blog is a sample of a six-week Bible study I have been writing called Pursuing God in P.R.A.Y.E.R. – Six Steps to Prevailing Prayer. I would love to share the first week with you free and keep you posted of publication. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the code FREE1st.
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