H. Personalized Meditation
The following outline was used effectively and memorably at a young people’s weekend retreat at the church where I taught the high school Sunday school class. It was furnished by Mrs. Dorothy Shaw, the Pastor’s wife. I have been very thankful for the ministry of our pastor’s wife, now gone home to be with the Lord. As a then single young man teaching the high school Sunday school class, I was very concerned that the girls in my class would have access to Christian women to whom they could relate. In a small church, with no previous high school classes of young people who stayed at the church through college and career age, the high schoolers lacked Christian role models from a group just above their own age, potentially a serious setback to spiritual motivation and growth.
It may be well to use this exercise very privately. I would not feel comfortable publically sharing answers for point 2, for example, and would myself never ask my young people to do so either.
1. I come to You, Jesus, just as I am this minute.
a) Write how you are now.
2. I ask that You, Jesus, forgive me for my sins.
b). Name your sins
3. I thank You, Jesus, for forgiving me.
c). Name the things Jesus has forgiven you for doing
4. I ask that You teach me something new that I should know from Your Word.
d) Read one chapter from your Bible
(What chapter did you read?)
e) What did God teach you from it? Read it again if necessary.
5. I pray that You, Jesus, will help me today.
f) Name the things you want Jesus to help you do today.
6. I want to pray for my friends.
g) Name the friends that you prayed for.
h) What did you pray for them?
7. I am happy this minute, Jesus.
i) Write why
8. I want to sing a song for You, Jesus!
j) Sing one. What song did you sing?
This completes this series about Methods of Bible Study. But I must share the song I picked, though I surely am no singer. This song is one that needs to be both read and sung and meditated upon, shared widely and followed!
TAKE TIME TO BE HOLY
Author: William D. Longstaff
Composer: George C. Stebbins
Take time to be holy, Speak oft with the Lord;
Abide in Him always And feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Take time to be holy, The world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret With Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, Like Him you will be–
Your friends in your conduct His likeness will see.
Take time to be holy, Let Him be your guide,
And run not before Him, Whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow Still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, Still trust in His Word.
Take time to be holy, Be calm in your soul–
Each thought and each motive Beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit To fountains of love,
You soon will be fitted For service above.
It would be a good thing to have our young people memorize these words, then live by them.