The Circle Maker (book review)

I’m a huge fan of Mark Batterson’s books! So I’ll admit that when I received my copy of The Circle Maker, I went into it with high expectations. And this book didn’t disappoint!

I grew up with a phrase repeated often around our church and my home: The Church (and Christians) move forward on its knees. I believe that because I have tested it in my life. I know firsthand that my life is more centered and in-tune with God when I make prayer a regular habit. And on the flip side, I know how hectic and disjointed my life seems when my prayer time is abbreviated.

I’m an action-oriented guy. I like to do things quick, and I like quick responses. This frequently carries over into my prayer life, where I pray for something, and quickly check it off my list if the answer doesn’t come quickly enough. But that’s not how Honi The Circle Maker prayed.

This is the man Mark uses to teach us to pray with more intensity and more perseverance. Honi would — literally draw a circle and kneel in prayer in that circle until God answered his prayer. Wow! From this man’s example, Mark teaches us three key concepts about becoming circle-maker pray-ers.

  1. Dream Big
  2. Pray Hard
  3. Think Long

In every section I was convicted on how short-sighted and puny my prayers seemed. But at the same time, I was also encouraged and energized to make the changes to become a circle maker in my prayer life. I’m excited to see how my life will change because my prayers are changing. I’m going to be a circle maker!

If you would like to revolutionize your prayer life, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

I am a Zondervan book reviewer.

Great Plans!

As Jesus was approaching Jerusalem just prior to His passion, He told His disciples, “Everything that is written about the Son of Man will be fulfilled” (Luke 18:31).

Nothing about Jesus Christ’s life was haphazard, or random, or coincidental. Everything was a part of a perfect plan. So in order for everything about His life to fulfill the prophesies, every word He spoke and every action He completed also had to be fulfilling. And they were (see John 12:49,50)!

Sadly, His followers “did not understand any of this” (Luke 18:34).

Sadly, many people today don’t understand their own life’s purpose.

Sadly, often times I don’t either.

But God has a perfect plan for you and me.

All the days ordered for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:16)

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

I don’t have to lack understanding in this (John 14:16).

I can pray for wisdom (James 1:5).

And Jesus Himself is praying for me to follow the Father’s plans (Hebrews 7:25).

God has great plans for my life — and for your life. Don’t be like the disciples that did not understand any of this. Pray … ask for God’s wisdom … ask for the Holy Spirit’s illumination … and trust in Christ’s interceding prayer for you.

May your words and actions today fulfill the plans God has for you!

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