The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears
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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.
ago. So while 94.4 million miles may seem like a long distance by earthly standards, it’s our next-door neighbor by celestial measurements. The sun is the nearest star in our tiny little galaxy known as the Milky Way. There are more than 80 billion galaxies in the universe, which, for the record, equates to more than 10 galaxies per person! I don’t think you have to worry about running out of things to do when you get to heaven. It’s an awfully big sandbox. In one minute, light travels 11
experience a breakthrough. Escape Velocity On July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin climbed aboard Apollo 11 on Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. The multistage rocket weighed 102,907 pounds, but it carried 5,625,000 pounds of propellant. Breaking the sound barrier is one thing; exiting the earth’s atmosphere is another thing altogether. At takeoff, the five engines produced 7,500,000 pounds of thrust in order to exceed the gravitational pull of the
prayers. Scripture says that without a vision, people perish. The opposite is true as well. With a vision, people prosper. The future is always created twice. The first creation happens in your mind as you envision the future; the second creation happens when you literally flesh it out. Vision starts with visualization. In 1995, Alvaro Pascual-Leone did a study validating the importance of visualization. A group of volunteers practiced a five-finger piano exercise while neurotransmitters
of God, you’ve done something significant. Page 101: “No good thing does [God] withhold”: Psalm 84:11 ESV. Page 101: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me”: Psalm 23:6 ESV. Page 103: “Now is the time of God’s favor”: 2 Corinthians 6:2. Page 104: “May the LORD bless his land”: Deuteronomy 33:13 – 16. Page 105: “Let my people go”: Exodus 5:1. chapter 10: The Cattle on a Thousand Hills Page 107: Shortly after Dallas Theological Seminary opened: While the broad strokes of this story
it when the Israelites are trapped: Exodus 14:21 – 31. Page 109: He did it when the boat is about to capsize: Matthew 8:23 – 27. Page 110: When God provided the miraculous manna: Exodus 16:4. Page 110: “Do not keep any of it until morning”: Exodus 16:19 NLT. Page 110: “Give us today our daily bread”: Matthew 6:11. Page 114: “Elijah was as human as we are”: James 5:17 – 18 NLT. Page 114: Elijah didn’t just pray against: 1 Kings 18:22 – 24; didn’t tell the widow of Zarephath: 1 Kings 17:13;