Praying Big Prayers

For those of you who have followed me for a while, you know I am a fan of the writing of Mark Batterson. It has taking me some time but I am finally getting around to his latest book The Circle Maker: Praying Circles around your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears.

circle-maker_front-sideMark starts off the book with a story about Honi, who was a Jewish priest during the 1st Century BC (about a generation before Jesus was born). During this time there was a devastating drought, and though the prophets who could hear and speak for God had long been dead, Honi still believed that God heard them. On this day, Honi took his staff and began to draw a circle in the dirt and upon completing the circle, knelt. He prayed, “Lord of the universe, I swear before Your Great Name that I will not move from this circle until You have shown mercy upon Your children.” This was no nonchalant prayer for rain, but one that started deep in his soul and resonated to the courts of heaven. What happened next: RAIN, in abundance.

When was the last time we prayed BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS prayers? When was the last time we prayed prayers that only God can answer? None of this stuff where our prayers are 99% us and 1% God. How about the type of prayers that are 100% God and if He doesn’t show up we’re hosed?

I’m not talking stupid prayers about lotteries and mere wish fulfillment (God is not a genie in a bottle, we’ll leave that to Robin Williams and Christina Aguilera). I’m talking about prayers that bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. Prayers that empower God’s people to live in a God honoring way. Prayers that see walls come down, people fed and waters parted. The kinds of stuff only God can do.

When was the last time the answer to your prayer, totally depended upon God? Been too long. Same here. Maybe it’s time to be a little bolder, I think God can handle it.

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~ by mikefoster on May 23, 2013.

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