MARK 1:5 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (Aug 30-Sep 6)
The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35).
While He was on earth, Jesus spent a great deal of time in prayer with His Father. Prayer is more than petitions and pleas or even thanksgiving - it is relating to God. The word “relate” comes from a Latin root meaning “brought back.” In our intimate human relationships, we need to be continually brought back to one another in love for the relationship to be anything but a formality, convention, or farce. No one feels intimate with a person who isn’t relating to them in love. Even though they go through the motions, we feel used, tolerated, or even abused, because we know it isn’t initiated in love. Children aren't supposed to ignore and neglect their parents, only to come to them when they want something from them. Good children are continually "brought back" to their parents because they want to spend time with their parents because they love them, because they are loved by them. Perhaps it means the world for a daughter to be invited to go with her father to the hardware store - what excitement that he chose her to be his companion and wants her to be with him while he goes about his work in the world. Maybe she tries to imitate him as he looks through the lumber for good wood. And when he says, "yep, this one looks good," she repeats his words, "yep, this one looks good." She wants to be like her Father. How do you approach spending time with your Father in prayer? As a chore? As a laundry list of things you want checked out and worked on? Or is it your precious time of sharing with and relating to your Father?
May we seek our Heavenly Father in prayer constantly, always including Him in our daily deeds and daily thoughts. May we seek to be close to Him and wait on His every Word, because we love Him, because we are loved by Him as His very own. Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
“So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise” (John 5:19).
“But I do as the Father has commanded Me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here” (John 14:31).
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:18-19).
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures” (James 1:16-18).
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one Who died—more than that, Who was raised—Who is at the right hand of God, Who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31-39).
“And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (John 15:7-10).
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14).
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33).
Because we often pray for things that seem good to us, but are not actually good for us, our prayers are not always answered as we would like: “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
“And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will’” (Matthew 26:39).
“In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence. Although He was a son, He learned obedience through what He suffered. And being made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:7-9).
“So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that You sent Me’” (John 11:41-42).
“‘Now is My soul troubled. And what shall I say? “Father, save Me from this hour”? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven: ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again’” (John 12:27-28).
“O righteous Father, even though the world does not know You, I know You, and these know that You have sent Me. I made known to them Your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them” (John 17:25-26).
“For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Romans 8:15)
“So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:13-19).
“And if you call on Him as Father Who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot” (1 Peter 1:17-19).
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2).
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).