“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, The Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
One of my childhood friends is a missionary in South Africa. The Lord put the love for Africa on her heart at a young age. After several short & long-term mission trips she felt the Lord calling her to move to South Africa permanently. Together with her husband she takes care of aids orphans. Despite living almost 6000 miles from each other, we remain close and have been able to see each other regularly over the years.
When she made her permanent move she gave a magnet with 2 elephants on it. A physical reminder to pray for her. I put it on my front door and every morning as I leave my house to go to work, I pray a blessing over her & her ministry. The little magnet helps me to remember. While my friend is always in my heart, in a busy day it helps me to have a little visual. By seeing the 2 elephants every morning I am reminded to cover her in my prayers.
The Lord God gave a similar idea to the people of Israel. He told them to write his commandments on the doorframes of their houses and on their gates. The Jewish custom of the mezuzah is based on this verse. Jewish homes have a little decorated box on the doorframes. Inside there is a little piece of parchment with the words from Deuteronomy written on it. It is literally doing what it says in scripture.
“I thank my God every time I remember you”
Just as Paul remembered the believers in Philippians, I want to remember to pray for my friend. Having a little magnet on my door helps me to remember, just as the mezuzah has helped the people of Israel to put the Lord’s commandments on their hearts.
It always encourages me to see in scripture how much the Lord God understands us and knows what we need. He knows that we need reminding and He does so lovingly. He even gives us very practical tips on how we can do so.
What little things can help you remember to pray?
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and dept of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of the righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”
Philippians 1: 9-11