A Favourite Bible Verse

July 30, 2018
by John Stuart

Matthew 7:7 – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (NIV)

This was the first Bible verse that I ever learned as a child. One of my elementary school teachers, Miss McKenzie, led an after-school program called Scripture Union. Each Wednesday, we gathered in the gym hall to sing choruses, watch filmstrips, and listen to Bible stories. During the meeting, Miss McKenzie asked if anyone had learned a Bible verse, and then, she encouraged them to stand up and recite it in front of everyone. Every student who successfully did this received a Bible picture card from her, so I was determined to do it, too.

I spent a whole week reading, practicing, and reciting the verse in my home. It was important to me to remember it so that I could receive a prize. The following Wednesday, I had my opportunity and successfully completed the task. As Miss McKenzie handed me my card, she smiled and told me, "Well done." It was just a simple thing, but that precious moment has stayed with me for more than fifty years.

Jesus gives us the same kind of encouragement, which is why He taught the lesson in the verse that I learned. God's grace is bountiful, so when we sincerely and humbly come to Him with our prayers, He hears our requests and grants us what we need. This makes our faith more than just a religion; it's a living relationship given to us through the love of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Points to ponder: What Bible verses have I learned to recite? How do I practice them in my life?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the source of our blessings and the enabler of our encouragement. Thank You for allowing us to come to You with our prayers, petitions, and requests. Be with us this day and guide all of our decisions. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

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Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Great memories and a great challenge, John.


    Thank you, John, for sharing this devotional with us and a favorite verse. Blessings.


    Dear John Stuart,
    This is a precious devotional that I have copied to pass on to a lady teaching a Vacation Bible School this week.


    Wonderful story – and isn’t it amazing how a word of encouragement or praise to a child can last a lifetime? In a similar way, the negative comments can last a lifetime – so may the Lord Himself guard our thoughts and tongues when we interact with children, so that our relationships with them will leave a living, life giving legacy in their hearts and minds.


    Hi
    This sure put me back about 60 years!! I too remember going to a Wed. after school. I was touched with the love of Jesus, the verses we would learn etc.
    So true, what we learn as children can carry us through some rough times as teens and onto adult life. Thank God, He is faithful and patient!
    God bless.


    Thank you, John, for the “A Favorite Bible Verse” devotional. Memorization is so important. Often are Christian liberties are taken for granted but if we were to lose them, along with our bibles the only Word we would might have is what was hidden away in our hearts through memorization, so thank you again for encouraging us to not only memorize God’s Word, but to also apply what we’ve learned in our daily lives. God bless.


    When I was in grade 6 a teacher gave each of us a subscription to a small magazine called World Friends, published by the United Church of Canada.
    I LOVED it and still recall how happy I was. In those days we also had optional religion classes. Once a week after school a clergyman came in (no female clergy in those days).
    All this meant a lot to this non-church going kid.
    How sad that none of this would be encouraged today!


    Memo to John: More than 70 years ago my two brothers and sister attended a small country Baptist church about a mile from our family farm in Ontario, Canada. Each Sunday we memorized what was then known as a Golden Text. The copy was printed weekly in our local newspaper. Our mother made this responsibility a ‘must’ and we never (or hardly ever) let her down. Thanks for the reminder. Those are days, (Sunday’s) I’ll never forget.
    (Ontario, Canada)


    Good Morning, John. Your devotional reminded me of one of the first Bible verses I memorized, and still remember to this day. As a member of a C.G.I.T. group at our church, the verse that was our ‘mantra’ was Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favour with God and man. Our leader was a nicer, more Christian lady than had ever lived. How she put up with a group of teenage girls is beyond my imagination. Interestingly enough, her daughter and I attend the same church today, miles away from where I first met the family.
    Keep up the good work, and Blessings to you.
    (ON)


    Oh my gosh that brought back memories.
    Sunday school when myself and the evacuees were kicked out for 2pm Sunday school at the small Baptist church.
    We were given a tiny picture representing a scripture and underneath chapter and verse were given. The verse was always blacked out and we had to read the chapter until we found the verse and wrote it on the back of the tiny picture.
    I still have them in the ancient Bible I used then.
    Next week we had to read our verse. I don’t remember learning it.
    Thank you.


    Hi John, the devotional “A Favorite Bible Verse” is such a good reminder to us all of how important little things can mean and also help to motivate in the life of person, young or old. Thank you!

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