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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

My new favourite theme verses

 I was reading some tweets tonight and came across one that asked me what my favourite theme verse was.    My first thought was "I don't know."  I decided to go on a hunt.  I went to one of my favourite versions of scripture (The Message); then I went to one of my favourite books in the bible. (Matthew) and finally I went to one of my favourite chapters in Matthew (5)...  The following selection popped out at me.  I have read it and even memorized it before from the NIV, but I like Eugene Petersen's bent on it. 
Matthew 6:5-12 (Message)

Pray with Simplicity

 "And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?
 "Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
 "The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best-as above, so below.  Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.  Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes."

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