Jake kept Matt's idea of writing down his prayers. Jake may be no writer, but decided to try it and see what will happen. He knew it would be more fun if Jim was here with him. Of course doing things like believing in God is something new. It was good to know that Matt accepted the fact that he already chosen not to join the church.
So Jake brought out the Bible Matt had given him. It was one of those versions. This one came from the New Living Translation. The last time he read it, and decided to pick out a verse from the book called Galations.
It came from chapter one verse six. Here's what he read:
I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News.
Jake kept the book open and re – read the verse again.
After re – reading that verse two more times, Jake pulled out a one subject notebook and did what Matt suggested he do – write a prayer matching the verse he chose. Jake never really thought about dating the prayer. Matt didn't say anything about writing the date. No right or wrong way to do it. For now Jake didn't need help from Matt this time.
Here's what Jake chose to write down:
Father, I know that this is a challenge Matt has given me to do. I have not believed in You before until now, but I happen to think You wanted Matt to reach out to myself and Jim. All I need is Your help on having Jim be a part of this also. This is something I can't do myself.
Do You accept if I don't get involved with any future church activities? If You don't, I'm fine with that. I'd like to be able to whatever favors or challenges he chooses for me in the future.
I'm pretty sure that I could use Your help to improve a relationship with You and Matt. At least talking Jim into joining me in on this would get him that chance to know and become friends like I have been. I shall look forward to what Your news will be in on this.
I think that Matt gave Your Book to me but alone this time. I also happen to see that by taking prayer writing would help me improve, even though I don't plan to become one. And You probably talked Matt into making me accept that You are Good like the Bible says.
I'm not sure why You chose to this verse for me to look at today. Please help me to keep believing in Your Word. I know I am already thinking of giving up to continue this small group thing in Your House. I have to keep this friendship to a whole new level. In Your Name, Amen.
He decided it was a way to show God that he would do what he would to help Jim see the Good News.