On Prayer And Obedience

I recently was reminded about a powerful book about prayer. In fact, I had just pulled it out again and started re-reading it, along with a shorter companion book.

The book is The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. I first heard of The Circle Maker when our pastor told the story that the book was birthed from. It made me rethink my prayer life. I have been convicted that it’s not been what it should be.

Here’s a quote from Praying Circles around Your Children :

“Drawing prayer circles is a metaphor that simply means “to pray without ceasing.” It’s praying until God answers. It’s praying with more intensity, more tenacity. It’s not just praying for; it’s praying through. There are times when you have to grab on to the horns of the altar and pray until you knees are numb.”

I want to pray like this. I want to stop implying by my lack of prayer that I doubt God is interested or cares. He IS interested and He DOES care. The question is this: Am I willing to be obedient to God’s desire that we seek Him in everything?

What would happen if I became a prophet for my family?

What would happen If Ethan heard me pray over him asking God to help Ethan to hear God’s voice every day?

What if Audrey heard me pray that she would have such a perfect picture of God’s power that she would be able to fight anxiety when it threatens?

What if, when I tucked in Isaac every day, he heard his mom pray that he would fulfill the meaning of his name and bring laughter and joy to people every day?

What if God heard me trusting Him to do big things for His glory and His name?

Prayer doesn’t unlock a genie in a bottle. It is, however, how God has often chosen to show His power. I don’t know what your prayer life looks like, but I know God desires to hear from you. Maybe we can practice this discipline together?

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