Book Giveaway! | The Circle Maker

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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.

 The Circle Maker: 

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.

Answer the question for a chance to win a copy of The Circle Maker.Ready. Go!

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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40 Responses to “Book Giveaway! | The Circle Maker”
  1. Joanne E. says:

    I would pray for the salvation of my father who is a homosexual, my siblings and any other friends and family members who don’t know Christ or who has turned their back on Him. One of my greatest desires is to see them all know the love of Christ and to live for Him.

  2. Kaitlin says:

    Ruthie, what a coincidence. I had a friend recommend to me “In a Pit With a Lion On a Snowy Day” by Batterson a couple of days ago so I was “researching” a few of his books. I tend to not want to read books about prayer, because I feel like that’s one topic that is already “covered” in the Bible. Haha, kind of skewed thinking on my part. After reading your description though, I may be picking this one up soon! I think if I could pray for anything, I would pray for more open faith amongst my family and for a huge revival/culture shift here at Vandy.

    Cannot wait to hear you speak in a couple weeks!

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      Hi Kaitlin! Batterson is one of my favorite authors. His book, Wild Goose Chase, changed everything for me as far as risk and stepping out in faith goes, when I lived in China.

      Can’t wait to see you! Please bring your friends (Christians and non) because I’m going to make it very seeker-friendly & not use ChristaneseJ If you think about it, pray for me, because I’m nervous!

      See you in a couple weeks!

  3. Layne says:

    I would pray for my family members who do not know Christ for their eyes and hearts be open! For my broken relationship with my sister to be restored.

  4. Leslie says:

    I would pray for the restoration of my health so that I could RUN a half marathon. Crossing the finish line would symbolize victory over SO MUCH in my life … and it would DEFINITELY bring glory to Him, my Healer.

  5. Susan Daggett says:

    I would pray for my sisters healing of her MS and migraines.

  6. Joe Thompson says:

    I would pray for my wife and I to be blessed with a baby. We have been struggling in our efforts to conceive following a miscarriage years ago. We have visited many different doctors, some revealing issues that affect our fertility and others unsure what the problem could be. We haven’t completely given up hope, but I’d be lying if I said hope definitely wanes in our home from time to time.

  7. Ashley says:

    I would pray for God to revive a passion and hunger for him in me and all my friends, family, and church. So that we could be a generation that really makes the difference and speaks about Him.

  8. Matthew says:

    I would pray for the salvation of those I know who are unsaved.

  9. Jennifer says:

    I would pray for a friend of mine that has started going to church recently.

    AND i would pray for the strength and diligence to finish my dissertation.

  10. Emily says:

    I would pray for my best friend to become a Christian. I pray about this every day, but it seems so hopeless sometimes.

    • Ruthie Dean says:

      I know the feeling. I prayed for a friend for 8 years to come to know Christ and then just gave up. After reading the book, I started praying again!

  11. Brittney says:

    Knowing and believing God has been faithful in my life thus far,I pray for my baby brother to come to know The Lord as he grows up. Along with my unsaved mother and sister, I pray that God would place influences in little Eli’s life to share the good news. I know God is using me as a light in their lives, even though I feel inadequate sometimes. I trust that My God would be revealed to my family in such a real and gracious way that they would have no option but to fall on their knees to Him. I am encouraged to pray in light of God’s constant faithfulness, even if I don’t see instant results. :)

  12. Jami Holland says:

    I would pray for a man in my Sunday School class! We just learned that he has been lying about his whole identity. My heart is so very heavy for him tonight! Not sure if he is running from law or family or what…but whatever it is, I cannot imagine the weight of living a life of lies. He is only 34. My church found his sister in another state, called her and learned that the family stopped contact with him several years ago, and has no desire to know where he is or anything. I’m not sure if he put himself in a situation or what…..but no matter, I cannot imagine having literally NO ONE, and especially not having family. He is coming clean about a lot of stuff and people are offering all sorts of help. He was in the drug scene at one point. But I would pray for a renewing and transforming of his MIND, especially because of the years of lies and manipulation (that are continuing to control his life). I would pray for healing and for VICTORY. I would also pray for compassionate hearts within the church….especially in our Sunday School class of 20 somethings…there is a lot of gossip and just ugly comments going around between friend circles. I would pray for God’s supernatural strength for him as he works to get healthier mentally/physicall/addiction/etc. It’s going to be a long road for him if he does take the help offered. He is basically at the lowest point. I am praying for brokenness for him, for a repentant heart and for him to be able to understand to the FULL God’s grace. When I see him, it’s as if I can visible see the fight between dark/evil and light…not sure if that makes sense. But I know there’s a battle going on.His name is Morgan, and would love anyone to pray for him!!

  13. Earleen Matthews says:

    I would pray for the ability to draw prayer circles around each and every country in our world so that abuse, hunger, illness, and war would be eliminated and Christ would be known in every corner of the world.

  14. Tonya says:

    There are so many things I feel I would pray for but the biggest would be for certain family situations that we are in the middle of and for a friend of mine to be ready to move past his divorce and be completely healed emotionally.

  15. David Sassaman says:

    My prayer is and would be that my father would come to faith in Christ and that I would be the husband, father, pastor, and disciple that God truly wants me to be.

  16. Grant MacDonald says:

    I would pray that my wife’s family would come to faith in Christ and that our church would become a place of change and love, particularly to those who are new in Canada.

  17. Dawn says:

    I would pray that God would uncover my heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and help me to press into him through pray without ceasing until he brought them to fulfillment!

  18. Milagros Allende says:

    I would pray for: my doctor’s salvation and health, my professional goals, my family’s salvation and my dream vacation in Holy Land Israel.

  19. Karina Allen says:

    Ruthie, your profile pic & name are ALL kinds of precious! I am so glad that Ally tweeted your blog! I feel like I wrote it myself. I would pray for a life that would pour itself out as a drink offering for the broken, lost & hurting…willingly, w/ deep compassion & w/o expecting anything in return. I have a heart for girls & women. I love speaking God’s truth & promises into their lives & helping them discover their passion. I want to help them live the life that God intended. I want to see those enslaved by Human Trafficking find freedom. My dream is to do that through counseling, mentoring, teaching & writing. I would also love to have resources to travel & pour into ministries & needs. This year, I feel like there are some things that God wants to do in me & through me. But, I know my prayer life needs to change in order for that to happen. I think that this book would be a huge catalyst for that to happen. Thank you for this post!

  20. steven beaty says:

    I would pray that I could have the courage to complete and go through with the calling and the
    task that God has given me. I feel like I am a failure for not doing it yet and like I will fail at it so what is the point of trying. But God said do it so I am going to pray that He equips me with what I need to finish this task set before me. My task and calling is to plant a church in the area in which I live.

  21. Wendi Bangerd says:

    I would pray that my three children would rededicate their
    Lives to Jesus and would live sold out lives for Him. I would pray that my husband would also surrender completely to God and that he would assume the role that God has designed for him. I would pray that my infant granddaughter would not know a day without Jesus.

  22. Meg says:

    My prayer would be for my dad to be healed from MS, my mom to be healed from RA, and my three brothers would come to The Lord!

  23. Melinda says:

    I would pray for my coworker, Mary Kathryn, to be completely healed of cancer.

  24. sasha Hicks says:

    I would ask for a Husband before the month ends an a permanent job to match my skills and qualifications. I am desperate,

  25. Tricia says:

    I would pray for the complete healing of a friend who is battling a brain tumor.

  26. AshleyB says:

    Ruthie–I completely sympathize! I, too, get distracted very quickly so tend to pray in generalities to check things off my list. Salvation for my brother comes to mind of something I’d pray for. Thanks for bring this book to my attention!

  27. Tomi says:

    I would pray for the salvation of my Uncle and some friends who don’t yet know Christ!

  28. T says:

    I would pray for this person who thinks their father needs salvation for being gay.

  29. Cherry Fargo says:

    I would pray that the works God does in and through my children would be far greater than all of the amazing things He has done in my life, that they might be mighty and powerful reflections of the redemption of Christ and that God would receive honor and praise from it all!

  30. Ruthie Dean says:

    MEG is our winner for The Circle Maker giveaway! Congrats Meg!

  31. Anna says:

    I would pray wholeheartedly that the people I least expect to pursue a relationship with God would do just that. That I would remember that God is grander than my/their finite view of Him. And that He can do miracles by changing their hearts, even if it takes much longer than I thought.

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