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The Circle MakerSometime last year, a book was made available to get for free on Kindle. Its title was Praying Circles around your Children. I often go for anything offered free (who wouldn’t?) but this book looked especially interesting to me, once I noticed the author: Mark Batterson.

I have a set of seven podcasts by Mark Batterson, from a series he taught on the theme of another book, called In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day. I listen to those podcasts at least once a year. The titles are phrases like: Overcoming Adversity, Looking Foolish, Taking Risks, Seizing Opportunity. They’re full of deep spiritual truths and awesome challenges of faith.

So when I saw this book, Praying Circles around your Children, I opened my Kindle on PC right away to check it out. I didn’t close it until I had finished the book. Wonderful book, which I plan to write about more in depth once I read it again.

And I plan to, as soon as I finish the book that just arrived today: The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson. It starts with a story, a legend, about the first circle maker, who honored God through a daring (and can I say challenging?) prayer – which was answered.

The next chapter goes on to say:

Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.

He is offended by anything less.

If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don’t require divine intervention. But ask God to part the Red Sea or make the sun stand still or float an iron ax head, and God is moved to omnipotent action.

There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling dreams. That is who He is. That is what He does.

I’d be happy to just sit and read that book all day, but due to other commitments and responsibilities, I can’t. It’s probably good, though, that I can’t read it all in one sitting. That way I can think more about it, meditate on it, and (of course) share with you awesome tidbits of what I know will be an awesome and challenging read!

Hopefully another step toward an awesome and faith-filled life of claiming God’s promises and seeing miracles.

[Why is prayer a focus? Read My New Year’s Resolution]

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It’s not very easy

In this crazy-busy world of today

To find time to stop and think

Much less time to pray

But it is my New Year’s resolution, and as I try to make it more a part of my life, I find that there is so much that can be done, that needs to be done, in the realm of prayer.

I feel, in some ways, like a child, dabbling in something I know nothing about.

In other ways, I feel like an explorer, on the verge of an amazing discovery.

And at other times, I feel like I don’t have time to stop and pray at all. Of course, I wish I did, and I want to … but so much – both outside and within me – fights against these times.

Something I read today, in Between Heaven and Earth by Ken Gire, expresses it like this …

What is prayer?

The chance of meeting you,

Of drawing close to the love that made me,

And keeps me, and known me.

And, Lord, it’s only just begun.

There is so much more of you,

Of love, the limitless expanse of knowing you.

I could be frightened, Lord, in this wide country.

It could be lonely, but you are here, with me.

 

The chance of learning about myself,

Of facing up to what I am.

Admitting my resentments,

Bringing my anger to you, my disappointments, my frustration.

And finding that when I do,

When I stop struggling and shouting

And let go

You are still there.

Still loving.

 

Sometimes, Lord, often—

I don’t know what to say to you.

But I still come, in quiet

For the comfort of two friends

Sitting in silence.

And it’s then, Lord, that I learn most from you.

When my mind slows down,

And my heart stops racing.

When I let go and wait in the quiet,

Realizing that all the things I was going to ask for

You know already.

Then, Lord, without words,

In the stillness

You are there …

And I love you.

 

Lord, teach me to pray.

(Eddie Askew, A Silence and a Shouting)

Yes, teach me to pray.

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