I had been looking at ways to interact with God.
I’ve been circling and circling. Not turning around and getting dizzy but circling my prayers. Letting them go round and round in my head and in my journal.
As I continued the study Draw the Circle — The 40 Day Prayer Challenge, by Mark Batterson, I felt closer and closer to God. I started to see things I had never seen before.
On Day 16 of the study, I prayed this prayer: “Lord, Surprise Me!”
I prayed that prayer and in the middle of the night the power went off. It stayed off until 9:30 am. That didn’t happen very often so it was certainly unusual.
We didn’t know how long it would be off but we used our generator for some of the time. As I sat to read my Bible, I saw the prayer I had prayed the day before: Lord, Surprise me!
And He certainly did. That brought laughter bubbling up.
The next day I prayed the same prayer, circling my prayers once again. And out of the blue, a friend from very far away doing a long 7000 km trip, whom I have met only a few times, emailed to say she and her husband were in our town and could they come for a coffee. Of course, I said yes and have been smiling ever since.
I have learned to pray bold prayers.
I used to pray, “whatever is in Your will, Lord”. But although I still do that, I have started to pray my dreams and hopes.
Pray your hopes and dreams.
I love this quote from Mark Batterson:
“God is still honoring spiritual desperadoes who crash parties and climb trees — Mark Batterson.”
He was studying the scriptures about the men who broke through the roof to lower down someone to Jesus. The person needed healing and they were desperate enough to do this wild crazy scheme.
And there is the story of a short man named Zacchaeus climbing a tree to see Jesus.
Bold prayers honour God and God honours bold prayers
If I think something looks impossible, it probably is — if I do by myself. But NOTHING is impossible with God. So I pray a bold prayer and wait for His surprise.
How am I circling my prayers?
And I have learned to pray consistently, even at the same time every morning.
Colossians 4:2 says:
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
I have seen those divine appointments and been able to thank God for them.
For instance: When He brings me into contact with those He wants me to meet. When He makes me aware of something that will bless someone else. When He opens doors that I didn’t know how to open.
This is God at work.
Now I see what God is doing and thank Him.
I realize that things that happen around me are part of God’s plan. I listen, I watch and I act when He tells me.
“Therefore, everything we aim to accomplish as a church is impossible without God’s special, supernatural action — John Piper.”
I’ve Even Had a Spiritual Dream
I don’t have those often but I had another one lately. I am still praying over it but it’s awesome to hear God through my dreams.
I think all of this has to do with our willingness to hear from Him; our willingness to talk to Him; and our willingness to act when He says act.
Mark Batterson says:
If we are going to experience a miracle one day, we need to pray every day.
My prayer is exactly that!
Will you join me in believing that — in praying every day.
May I pray for you and me?
Lord Jesus, we are so grateful for the privilege of prayer. Such a mind-boggling idea that brings us closer to the Father. We pray You continue to teach us, guide us and yes even speak to us. We pray for the ability to listen carefully to your message. In Jesus’ name Amen.