The third Sunday evening of every month the parish is open for the congregants to come together to pray. Wow Hoo! It’s awesome! The focus of the one hour prayer time varies depending on the season of life the parish, our local community and our world find itself.
I’ve been reading writings from Mark Batterson on the topic of prayer and inspired by two books in particular: The Circle Maker and Praying Circles around your Children. Mark’s teachings are not profound but solid. A follower of Christ understands and has experienced many of his basic principles. His message and writing style is creative. Plus, fun and energetic. I not only can feel his energy while reading his story; but, I can visualize his examples of petitions offered up to God and rejoice with him in prayers answered. Mark is relatable. I feel that I am allowed to partner with his journey and be inspired by his example to pray without ceasing. My response or take-away from his message is that I can be excited to chart my own prayer journey.
Mark’s main thrust is to show how to actively circle our needs with prayer–a prayer circle. He uses a model from a man from the ancient of day’s name, Honi, who literally drew a circle in the sand and stepped into that circle to pray for the need at hand. He did not remove himself from the circle until the Lord answered it. Wow! Interesting concept! And, yes, he was in the circle often for days on end. Honi believed that God wanted him to see and experience big miracles. God was delighted with the faithfulness of Honi , as well as, his love to be in communion with Him. Honi had more than a mustard seed of faith that was amazing. Honi’s faith did not waver! Honi was serious about expecting God to show up in big ways. And, He did!
Lately there has been excitement in the house–the Parish house–as we have corporately brought our petitions before the Lord. We draw the circle and stepped into it. Granted the hour spent together is often not enough time to see instant miracles but we believe, as did Honi. Though our designated hour of prayer forces us to step out of the prayer circle before we see miracles; it doesn’t stop us from the expecting God to reveal Himself in answers and miracles in place of our petitions. The longing to see miracles that only God can reveal is being actualized. Each prayer time the needs represented is great and diverse. The more for the Lord to reveal of Himself, right? We are asking for miracles and expecting to witness them. Our commitment to each other allows us we to follow-up at the weekly men and women’s pray times. The sense of being of one heart, mind and soul is a joy that fills the Lord’s temple.
I can hardly wait until we meet again in the prayer circle!
“Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”, and will go places is what God’s word says. Those who wait upon the Lord will not be disappointed at the outcome of His mercies because they are new every morning (and evening).
It’s fun to be a circle maker and to be a witness to God’s miracles.