Much of the information in this article was taken from a helpful website called Unlocking the Bible (see https://www.unlockingthebible.org).
I have recently become aware that several things in my heart compete for the love of God, and this is a situation I want rectified as soon as possible. I sometimes struggle to remember – let alone live out – the following scripture passage:
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning.
If I don’t watch my heart with due diligence, it tends to love the gift more than the Giver. The advice given in the website above is to take down the idols in your heart not by loving God’s gifts less but by loving Christ more. And to then grow in love for Christ by savoring His amazing love for you.
So how do we love God more? One thing to be wary of is the situation where our knowledge of God increases (through Bible reading) while our affection for God does not (through prayer and good works).
When we read the Bible, we should do so prayerfully; asking God to help us understand its deep riches, convict us of our sin, and apply it to our lives. We should also read praisefully; praising God for what He has done in history and through Christ.
When we pray, we should remember the heart and desires of God as revealed in His word, and pray in line with what God wants us to pray. God promises that His word will never come back to Him without accomplishing what He purposes. As it is written:
so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
So why would we neglect either means of grace when approaching God?
My prayer today is that the Lord directs our hearts into God’s love and the waiting for Christ with patience (2 Thessalonians 3:5), that we may exchange the spirit of heaviness for the garment of praise (Isaiah 61:3).