Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far! Today, I’m going to be continuing my series of posts from my experience reading “Draw the Circle” by Mark Batterson. I can honestly tell you, it’s already getting harder, but I have a feeling that it will be so worth it in the end!
Here are a few things I’ve learned since my last post:
- Be persistent in your prayers
We can pray about as many different things as we want to, but if they aren’t persisent, what good are they, really? If we don’t put any more effort into praying about something, how much effort should we expect God to put into answering that prayer?
Going back to my last post, I didn’t really know what God wanted me to do with my life. I would pray about it, sure, but then I would go about my life just doing what I normally did and I forgot about it. I wasn’t being persistent with my prayer. Then I would find myself stuck in the same place, and I would pray about it again, and then forget. It was a never ending cycle. Then I realized the power behind persistent prayer, and He has now done greater things in my life than I could have ever imagined!
Sometimes we don’t put any more effort into it because we’re afraid that God won’t answer, but that is exactly the risk of prayer. If we DON’T ask God, there is a 100% likelyhood that He will NOT answer. He wants to give us blessings, breakthroughs, and miracles. We simply need to ask Him with persistent prayer. When we do, He will give us our answers. Not only for that, but so that His name will be glorified.
- When God reveals something to you, write it down!
Over the past 10 days, this has been SO important for me. It is so necesary because (I’m not sure about you, but) I tend to forget things. That makes me think of the Israelites as they were wondering in the desert after being freed from slavery in Egypt. God performed so many miracles and miraculous wonders, and the Israelites were amazed at the time, but it didn’t take them too long to forget about it and start complaining. We need to write these things down so we can look back on them and give God glory for what He has done in our lives!
It’s also important to write prayers down, too. I often find myself praying about something, and then that will be the last time I pray about it for a very long time. That way, when God has answered your (persistent!) prayer, you can go back and remember His faithfulness.
- Don’t just pray, take action!
When you know that God has placed a dream in your heart, you don’t just need to pray about it, you need to do something about it. God will be honored when we act as if He is going to answer that prayer! Once you have prayed, take a step in faith. Wait actively for God to answer.
This brings to mind Mark 16 verses 14-20. This is where Jesus gives His disciples His final instructions: the Great Commission. He tells them to go and continue preaching and teaching the Good News and to make disciples of all nations. He also told them of all the miraculous things they will be able to do in His name. Then He assended into heaven.
The disciples could have easily just sat there and waited for Jesus’ return all by themselves. They could have neglected teaching and preaching for fear of punishment. However, they knew and understood what they had to do; they had to step out in faith. And that is exactly what they did! It says in verse 20 that “they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.”
If God isn’t moving in our lives, maybe it’s because we aren’t moving. A lot of the time, we wish that God would make the first move, but that is completely backwards! Take your first step in faith. Faith is not a noun, it’s an action verb! If you don’t pray and then take action, you’re not going to get very far. The first step may be long and awkward, (it normally is, especially in my case!) but, if you act in your faith with obedience, God will follow up!
Now, a word of caution for this part:
If your thought or dream is not the will of God or it isn’t for His glory, then, it’s only going to be a waste of time. You need to be sure that what you are asking for is what God wants, not just you. If you go on that route, you might end up doing more harm than good.
- Pray with boldness
This is a quote from Draw the Circle: “The viability of our prayers has more to do with intensity than vocabulary. It has more to do with what we do than what we say.” That is absolutely true! The key to any miracle or blessing is crazy faith. When people do everything they can to get to God, He honors them.
There are plenty of examples of this in the Bible: David when he defeated Goliath, Daniel when he was thrown into the lions den, Elijah when he called on God to rain fire down from heaven, Hannah when she prayed for a baby, the list goes on and on. These people were in situations that most of us today would think are impossible. They prayed with boldness and did everything they could to get through to God, and He answered to their prayers. He honored their boldness.
And here’s the craziest thing: He still does it today!
We often make the mistake of thinking that it may offend God if we ask for something audaciously. The thing is, He’s probably offended by anything less! Now, its not that He doesn’t care about the little details in your life. He knows every last one of them! Its just that when we pray impossible prayers, they reveal our faith, honor God, and reveal His glory. If we serve a God that can do absolutely anything, then, why on earth don’t we pray like it?
Well, that’s it for Drawing My Circles: Part 2! I hope you enjoyed it and I pray that encourages you to dig deeper into your relaitonship with God, and to draw circles of your own. Thank you!
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. and this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” — Ephesians 2:8-10