Deuteronomy 30:6 (NIV)
“The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!” (New Living Translation)
“God, your God, will cut away the thick calluses on your heart and your children’s hearts, freeing you to love God, your God, with your whole heart and soul and live, really live.” (The Message)
An old friend from camp sent this verse to me yesterday. We haven’t even seen each other in 10 years, but she was quick to jump on this “love challenge.” I think it’s so cool how God can immediately unite our friendships when they are rooted in Him.
In her e-mail, Natalie cited this as one of her favorite verses saying that the verse “shows the reason why we are praying this prayer, because only the Lord can “circumcise our hearts so that we may love him with all of our heart, mind, and strength, and truly live!”
This challenge isn’t about us, or about anything that we are capable of doing, it is all about the Lord. Let’s continue to pray for hearts that are devoted to loving Him and know that God is more than able to change us so that we may love Him with all of hearts!
Lord, thank you for all of the promises in your word. Thank you that there is power when we pray to you using scripture. Today, I pray that you will “search me, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). Lord, I pray that you will change my heart so that I may freely and joyfully love you with all of my heart and my soul. I pray that in loving you, I will begin to see what it looks like to truly live.