Dave and I are currently preaching a sermon series based on Mark Batterson’s book, The Circle Maker. The basis of this book is that as Christians we need to boldly and persistently pray to our Heavenly Father, begging Him to answer our prayers. Dave encouraged everyone to write down bold prayers, circle them, and commit to pray that God would answer those prayers over the next 21 days.
What ‘Circle Maker’ is Not
I want to say right up front that this is in no way a “name it and claim it” scheme or any kind of magic spell. I might be tempted to write down Black Convertible on my paper, circle it and pray hard that God will resurrect my totaled car. (Is it obvious that I am still grieving?) Guess what…God is not going to answer my bold prayer no matter how hard or long I pray. That is not what this is about. So what should we write down? Well, a big part of this study is that we need to claim and pray for the things that God has already promised us.
What ‘Circle Maker’ Is
God has promised us so many things in Scripture. Take my go to passage, Matthew 11:28-29: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” The promise that Jesus is making to us is that if we rely on Him our souls will find rest. Is that something that you need in your soul right now? Circle it in prayer. Beg God for it. Or what about 1 Corinthians 10:13b: “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”
Need strength to stand? Circle it in prayer. Beg God for it. He will deliver. That is a promise. I believe once we start praying for God’s promises in our lives, the specific details of what we need to pray for become much clearer. We will begin to pray for God’s glory over our selfish desires and that is when we start to see miracles that we cannot even imagine right now.