Today we’re going back to the early days to the book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament. This is a famous Jewish prayer the people of Israel would have prayed multiple times a day called the “Shema”.
Here’s a cool little video about a word study of Shema:
Read this prayer and let it be a prayer for you today. Verse 8 which says: “Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” references how we should let this prayer influence our hands (which was the imagery for actions), and foreheads (which was the imagery for thoughts).
Take a moment to consider how your actions and thoughts can be shaped by this prayer.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.