Memorization is an exercise in which we frequently engage our children in order to promote the retention of important information. In the church, we encourage them to memorize the books of the Bible, useful biblical information such as the Ten Commandments, and sections of Scripture such as the 23rd Psalm or the model prayer. But does memorization have a place in the life of a mature Christian? Consider the fact that when Jesus faced temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-10), He combatted each temptation by quoting from a passage of Scripture from memory (Deuteronomy 8:3; 6:13, 16). In other words, Jesus was equipped to conquer temptation in part because of the practice of memorization. This week’s spiritual exercise will engage us in the practice of memorization so that we can be equipped with a ready recollection of God’s word just like Jesus.
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