I knew I needed to get a particular book, but I had no idea where or what it was. What an odd feeling—knowing you are being nudged to read a book, but not knowing its title. A couple of weeks passed, but it would not go away. I knew I needed to be obedient, so [finally] off to the bookstore I went with two conspicuous ideas in mind:
- an athlete’s mind and
- setting goals.
Getting out of my car, I did not know if I should first visit the Sports section, the Self Help section, or the Adult Fiction section. Maybe the book is in the Non-Fiction section or the New Release section? Books are everywhere. I could see them walking to the entrance, but when I opened the door and stepped inside the strangest thing happened. I was instructed to go to the Christian Life section. Off I went to find what I was looking for.
This morning I finished the book entitled, The Circle Maker. See: https://www.amazon.com/Circle-Maker-Praying-Circles-Greatest/dp/0310330734 What a timely read! It had been pressed upon my spirit that I needed to pray more, so much so that I had begun mentioning it to people. I am blessed to be surrounded by people who hear my cry. One friend got so excited when I said this and soon after I discovered why. She gave me a movie to watch. YES….She gave me War Room. Clearly, God wants me to tighten up my prayer life.
War Room was recently added to my Movies To Watch list, but I had not gotten around to viewing it. [Can’t help but think that maybe that was by design too.]
The Circle Maker, inspired me to start a prayer journal, one that is devoted to prayer and goal setting. Within a week I jotted down, what turned out to be, two answered prayers. Now, I know that more than two prayers were answered during the week but these were two which resulted from specific prayers I prayed.
If you want to grow in your prayer life, I would highly recommend reading this book. I liked it because it is not “preachy”, yet it gives tools which encourage you to PRAY BIGGER. By the end, I knew I was not praying BIG enough. [After all, God can do all things!] The realization that I had not been praying BIG enough sadden me just a little. More so, however, I was excited for my future because I knew I was about to make some changes. Memories of past visions were triggered. Images that God showed me in dreams and confirmations I received were surfacing. I know now, however, that prayer is essential and praying with others is important.
Some people have the spiritual gift of intercession. I am not aware that I am one of those people, so reading this book is a blessing and verification that the time has come to seriously focus on my assignment. There is work to be done and settling is not an option.
I won’t share (all) the tools that Pastor Batterson gave as I would encourage you to buy and read the book, but when thinking about how the Holy Spirit led me to this book and ministered to me while reading it I cannot help but wonder if it was because of someone else’s circle.
Note: This book makes a great group read.