by Tom Jasperse on January 2, 2013

I have been reading “The Message”, the Bible paraphrase by Eugene Peterson a bit more the past month. A friend told me that he had been continually reading through the four gospels for quite a few years now.  This sounded inviting so I decided to do the same to see how it worked out. One verse I read a couple weeks ago arrested my attention.  It was Luke 11:10. In  “The Message”  it reads as follows:

Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need.

So that is what I’m doing.  It does seem to cut down on my prayer time, although I do not think that prayer efficiency was the intent of the verse.  More to the point I want to build a relationship with God that is honest and forthright.  There is nothing I can say or do that is a surprise to God. He knows me better than I know myself, so I might as well just put my requests out there.  What do I have to lose ?

This is what I have to lose; distance !  I think that if I am direct I will lose some of the distance between me and God.  Hope a few of you can lose some distance too.


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