I used to be in a Sunday school class that was huge- as big as or bigger than some churches that gather on Sunday mornings. Each week, a certain gentleman would stand up and read the prayer requests that had been submitted and we would have a time of prayer for them.
After this time was over, he would encourage us to be in the Word that week and say each week, without fail:
“Folks, it’s God’s Word.
We need to be thinking about it, praying about it, and we MOST ASSUREDLY need to BE about it”.
Then he would sit down. The inflection in his voice was the exact same each week- he would really emphasize the words above that I capitalized. It was very predictable. But the truth of his challenge was worth repeating each week! How would we all (and our families, our workplaces, our homes, our city….) be different if we really were reading, thinking, praying and acting on (being hearers AND doers of) God’s Word this week?
I haven’t been in that class or seen this gentleman for years- but I am so thankful that his words were ringing in my ears yesterday, challenging me for the week, reminding me.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man (and woman) of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2Tim.3:16