In June I was able to lead a devotional on prayer. At the time my view of prayer was pretty basic while my prayer life was somewhat stagnate. I gave 4 points as to how I thought you should pray, that were scriptural examples of how to pray and what prayer is and how to have a lifestyle of prayer. I talked about it but knew nothing of it firsthand. Little did I know but looking back on this, even just two months ago, my view on prayer was extremely shallow.
I recently finished reading a book called “The circle maker” by Mark Batterson of Washington DC; it gave light on new perspectives of prayer, perspectives I had never really thought of before. Have you ever thought about prayer transcending time? What about prayers being passed from generation to generation? Okay maybe literally praying so much that it hurts?
To be honest up until this book I never saw the necessity of prayer, yet now I desire to be a prayer warrior and I feel like this book can be just the motivation that someone, maybe you, might need. This is not a book of praying “God bless us” but more of praying God use me; really praying God’s will for your life.
The basis of the book is the Israelites marching around Jericho day after day. They physically circled it for 6 days! An entire city for 6 whole days. Not only did they walk around it once everyday for 6 days but on the seventh they marched around it 7 times! Imagine the approximate mileage around your city. Would you want to march around it for 7 days for a total of 13 times? I know I wouldn’t and most times that is the same mindset I take to prayer. “I don’t want to do this…It’s too hard…It will take too long”
But what was the result of the Israelites faith? The walls fell. Not an epic battle, or nuclear warfare did the walls succumb to but to the diligent feet of the people of Israel. The faith they had in their God was a faith that was determined not to give up. A faith that challenged everything they had physically, and mentally. The people of Jericho must have thought they were crazy. They probably didn’t think that once the trumpets sounded on the seventh day as their city was laid waste by the God of the Israelites.
The principle is that not only did the Israelites understand God’s will but they obeyed it and diligently marched around the city for an entire week. No doubt they would encircle the literal circling of the town of Jericho with their prayers. As the footsteps continued and energy wavered I would think their praying would increase. Their power and faith fully rests upon God. And He came through.
They showed understanding, obedience and determination. They would not stop from encircling the promise of God with prayer as they worked out their faith.
So maybe you aren’t looking at a Jericho standing in your way, maybe you’re just seeking God’s plan and will for your life. I guarantee that if you begin to circle your prayers like the Israelites circled Jericho that God will hear and answer you.
Please don’t misunderstand the difference between the often interpreted “bubble gum machine God” when you put a prayer in you get a piece of bubble gum out. It doesn’t work like that. But, if you examine your heart and pray God’s will for your life He will Ephesians 3:20 it and blow it out of the water!
A little more about Mark and his church in D.C. click here