Book Giveaway! | The Circle Maker
I’m a terrible pray-er.
I get distracted; I can’t sit still. I find myself often praying in vague terms and in a formulaic manner, with lots of “if it’s your will”s. I know that prayer is just talking to God, but I think I stopped praying from my heart and truly asking for my greatest dreams and healing and all things God couldn’t possibly care about–because I was afraid. I previously shared my struggle with seeing God as a cruel taskmaster rather than a loving Father, so I think another part of praying vague, formulaic prayers is it felt a little bratty to pray for let’s say our book to sell 100,000 copies the first year or Michael’s health to never be an issue again. But what Batterson shows is vague, small prayers show disbelief in a powerful God.
Have you ever stopped praying because you felt like God didn’t care, didn’t exist, or wasn’t listening?
I stopped praying about certain areas of my life I thought were just never going to change. But then I read The Circle Maker and Batterson challenged me to rethink everything about prayer.
So I’m praying differently than I ever have before, and I’m going to take a prayer retreat to identify what God specifically wants me to pray for over the next year. Mark Batterson shares miracle after miracle in his book where ordinary people believe in an extraordinary God–and never stop praying. Pretty incredible, but you’ll just have to read it yourself.
Dream Big. Pray Hard. Think Long.
According to Pastor Mark Batterson in his book, The Circle Maker, ‘Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.’ Do you ever sense that there’s far more to prayer, and to God’s vision for your life, than what you’re experiencing? It’s time you learned from the legend of Honi the Circle Maker—a man bold enough to draw a circle in the sand and not budge from inside it until God answered his prayers for his people. What impossibly big dream is God calling you to draw a prayer circle around? Sharing inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, Mark Batterson will help you uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.
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If you could pray for anything, knowing God would be faithful, what would you pray for?
(Also, I announced the winners from The 5 Money Personalities book giveaway on the post, so check to see if you are a winner!)
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