Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, 2so that you and your children and your children’s children, may fear the Lord your God all the days of your life, and keep all his decrees and his commandments that I am commanding you, so that your days may be long. 3Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe them diligently, so that it may go well with you, and so that you may multiply greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has promised you.4Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:1-5, NRSV)
The Shema is 1 of 2 prayers commanded in the Torah and the last 2 verses here start that. Hear O Israel The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. Jews pray this every day.
I wonder how our lives would change if we all prayed this every day before we went to bed. The Lord is our God, the Lord alone, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. How would our lives be different?
I believe we would be less fearful. I know as we live in the time of Covid-19 and we are all washing our hands and singing Happy Birthday or something else, I have started praying the Lord’s Prayer because it is 20 seconds long and is the amount of time needed for proper handwashing, and it puts me at ease, knowing that God is in control and will always provide for my needs.
How would our lives change?