We create memorials to “remember”.  There are several instances in the bible where God told them to build a memorial to remember this day forever. Why do we need memorials to remember?  I know here in the United States when we have a major event like 9/11/01 we are building a memorial to never forget the people who died that day.  When we reference back to the bible we see that memorials were built for the same reason to “never forget” what the Lord has done for you. Let’s look at Jacob’s Dream as an example:

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.

At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!”

The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. He named that place Bethel (which means “house of God”), although it was previously called Luz.

Then Jacob made this vow: “If God will indeed be with me and protect me on this journey, and if he will provide me with food and clothing, and if I return safely to my father’s home, then the Lord will certainly be my God. And this memorial pillar I have set up will become a place for worshiping God, and I will present to God a tenth of everything he gives me.”

Jacob built a memorial and gave a tithe of all God gave him.

There are both physical and spiritual memorials of rememberance throughout the bible and even in modern history that we observe.

Taking communion — Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
Passover-Jewish festival to remember the passover of Exodus
Memorial Day- Remember those lost in war and loved ones.
Lincoln Memorial- American National Monument to remember our 16th President

These are all examples of memorials and why we celebrate and remember them.  I recently heard a sermon taught about the memorials and really felt led to bring this back into something we use today.  When we stand praying and believing for our petitions to be heard and answered from the Lord, we build a memorial to remind us that he has already heard and answered our prayers.  After reading the book Prayer of Petition, I wrote out my petitions and prayed each of them out loud.  Then I built a memorial and attached them and placed them where I would see everyday and thank God for hearing and answering my petitions.

I took this a step further with remembering to pray and plead the blood of Jesus over my children and my spouse.   I placed pictures of them strategically placed where I walk by them every day.  I place my hand on them and pray for them releasing my faith for the complete Blessing and protection to be in operation around them and in their lives.  I use this as a point of contact to release my faith for them each day.

You can build a memorial out of rocks, out of a favorite saying or picture.  I went and purchased specific plaques that went well with petitions and taped my petitions to the back of the memorial.  They are placed around my home where I can frequently see them and always remember and never forget that the Lord hears my prayers and goes before me and makes the crooked places straight.

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands (Psalms 138:8)