Yesterday I was waiting to pick up my son from his swim practice and I read Deuteronomy 6.
Read the whole chapter (it’s only 25 verses and will take you less than four minutes if you don’t rush or skim). Now go back and choose the verse that speaks most to you and make it your prayer. There are plenty to choose from!
Example 1: When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, he quoted from memory Deut 6:16 to answer him: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” (Matt 4:7)
Example 2: When Jesus was asked which is the greatest commandment in the law, he recited Deut 6:4-5: “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” (see Mark 12:29-30, also Matt 22:37 and Luke 10:27).
Example 3: For those who have the responsibility to raise and teach children, note Deut 6:6-9 “Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”