And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:5 (NLT)
According to Jesus, today’s verse is the greatest commandment given to us from God. All other commandments can be summed up in this request. But how do you love God with all your heart, soul, and strength? In “The Climate of Monastic Prayer,” Thomas Merton, writes that we should have an “attitude or outlook of faith, openness, attention, reverence, expectation, supplication, trust and joy.” Faith, the ability to trust God for everything we need. Openness, being transparent with God, sharing all our thoughts with Him. Attention, to focus on and attune ourselves to God and His presence in our life. Reverence, living with the deep respect that God deserves. Expectation, living with that childlike confidence that He is our loving Father and will provide all we need. Supplication, sincerely and humbly asking God to act on our behalf. Trust, a deep assurance that sends peace throughout our being, knowing that what God says, He will do. Joy, what we keep returning to every time we bring our painful emotions to Him. Today, love God with all your heart, soul and strength through your faith, openness, attention, reverence, expectation, supplication, trust, and joy.
Father, how I love and worship You. How I desire to know you with all my heart, soul and strength. Help me, Holy Spirit, to this end I pray.
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