What is God saying to you through the text?
Today we are talking about loving God with our heart. The heart at the time this text was written was understood differently than it is today. Wisdom was stored in the heart, there was an understanding that if you were to discern something that the heart was where that discernment would come from. The heart was where you not only felt emotions but it was also where you thought and made sense of the world and finally it is where your desires come from. Desires can be good, like helping someone that is struggling or bad in being deceitful or lusting after someone. This is why in Proverbs 4:23 it encourages you to guard your heart because your whole life flows from it. So whether you are praying for a clean heart, a repentant heart, or a heart of praise we are called to love God with all of our heart. This is why each day christians are called to pray, to devote, to honor God with their hearts as reflected in Deuteronomy 6:4-5.
The heart is the center of much of what leads and drives us. God we realize that this can be a heart for you or for our own selfish desires. God, help us to ahavah (Love) you in every area of our hearts today.
Devote two times today to pray to God and recenter your heart on God using the prayer above. Feel free to add to the prayer your own feelings from your heart.