Every once in a while I come across a book that changes my entire mindset. There is of course the Bible – our living, breathing, guidebook to life. My favorite by Bruce Wilkerson’s, The Dream Giver, which inspired me to move out of the land of familiar, push past being ordinary and live the Big Dream that the Giver of Dreams gave me. Walking on Water by Madeline E’Lengle is another favorite, it inspired me to look for God in every place, in every moment, and in every person, and to capture these glimpses of glory in the songs I write.
Currently, I’m reading, The Circle Maker by Pastor Mark Batterson. Batterson has challenged me to draw circles around my prayers like the first century Jewish Sage, Honi. During a devastating drought in
Honi, drew a circle in the sand, stepped inside and made his intentions known,
he would not leave the circle until the Lord answered his bold request for
rain. Now that must have taken some
faith, to determine that you were not going to give up until you heard from
God! And as Honi prayed, the rain began
I don’t think you can get that kind of response from the Lord without being truly intimate with Him. I mean it hadn’t rained in over a year when Honi started to beseech the Father. He had to be praying before he stepped into the circle.
We need diligent prayer like that in our lives. You have to pray long and pray hard and never give up as Batterson tells us in his book. Drawing a circle is about trusting that the God of the Universe will answer your prayers and your responsibility is to keep praying, keep believing, keep seeking, keep thanking, keep praising until the manifestation of the prayer stands before you. .
I am now daily drawing prayer circles around my marriage, this ministry, my family, prayer requests others have given me, this nation, the world,
salvation, healings, big dreams that are being birthed in my heart to serve the
Lord and His people. With Godly
intention and faith filled purpose I am running in circles because I am
determined to hear well done good and faithful servant! No more limp prayers
that go over the same ground… nope, I want to stand in the circle and see the