We’ve talked this week about awakening our hearts to loving God, but where does that start? This is by no means all-encompassing, but here are three practical ways to get started:
1. Pray—ask God for a heart that loves Him above all else. In high school, my small group and I would pray together that we would “be so in love with Jesus that nothing else would matter.”
2. Praise God—through journaling, prayer, or reading scripture, tell God who He is, what He’s done for you, and declare your love for Him. (the Psalms are a great place to start)
“I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
… How kind the Lord is! How good he is! So merciful, this God of ours! The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me. Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me.
He has saved me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. And so I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth!”
Psalm 116:1-2, 5-9 (NLT)
3. Worship Through Song—similar to the way that love songs can move our hearts and evoke different emotions in us, I have found the same to be true with worship music. For me, worship is one vehicle where God awakens my heart and draws me deeper into His presence. Below are two of my favorite love songs:
Jesus, Lover of my soul,
Jesus, I will never let you go
You’ve taken me from the miry clay
You’ve set my feet upon the Rock, and now i know
I love you, I need you,
Though my world may fall, I’ll never let you go
My Savior, my closest friend,
I will worship you until the very end
The More I Seek You by Kari Jobe
The more I seek you,
the more I find you.
The more I find you,
the more I love you
I wanna sit at your feet
drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breath,
hear your heart beat
This love is so deep,
it’s more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming