Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer ChallengeMark Batterson
In Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge, Mark Batterson applies the principles of his New York Times bestselling book The Circle Maker to teach us a new way to pray. Thousands of readers of The Circle Maker shared their true stories of miraculous and inspiring answer... Read More
Thousands of readers of The Circle Maker shared their true stories of miraculous and inspiring answers to prayer with Batterson, encouraging others to pray with even more boldness. Draw the Circle shares forty of these true, faith-building stories of God's answers to prayer, as well as daily Scriptures and prayer prompts, inspiring you to pray and keep praying like never before.
Begin a lifetime of watching God work. Believe in the God who can do all things. Experience the power of bold prayer and even bolder faith in Draw the Circle.
Page Count: 240
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Dec 18, 2012
- UPC: 9780310327127
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 240
- Publish Date: Dec 9, 2012
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "REL012020"
- ISBN: 0310327121
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- Seems more like a pep talk than application for life. by Lois on 6/9/2015
Mark Batterson, who pastors in Washington, D.C., is probably best known for his book, The Circle Maker. He has gone on since the release of that book in 2011 to produce a student edition, video curriculum, and prayer journal as well as other volumes on the “circling” theme. Drawing the Circle is his newest offering, described in its subtitle as “The 40 Day Prayer Challenge.”
The book is intended to be read, one chapter per day, for 40 days, providing encouragement and direction to help the reader “press into God's presence like never before,” and “experience God like never before.” The first paragraphs of the introduction speak of life-transforming events, miracles occurring through the coming years of life, even generational blessings, for the dedicated reader who “prays through.”
The devotions and testimonies which follow don't warrant the promotion they are given. The reader will find a variety of inspiring stories of answered prayer, mixed with some stories which have little connection with prayer. Some of the lessons and pointers seem contradictory, most are vague. The greatest value of this book is the easily readable encouragement it may give to people already on the “Circle” bandwagon – something like a “pep rally” for those who don't look too closely for actual, applicable content.
Several times, Batterson will promote a suggested practice by saying “there's nothing magical about ______, but there's something biblical about it.” But the biblical references are tenuously linked to what they are supposed to justify. For example, the Israelites marching around Jericho were not doing so to pray for a victory; it was their act of obedience to a direct order from God. Journaling is said to have “something biblical about it” because of the phrase of Habakkuk 2:2, when that prophet is told to “write down the revelation.” This command is hardly the same as keeping track of one's prayers and feelings about them. It seems disrespectful of scripture to twist it this was way; it's like saying that Freudian analysis of dreams has “something biblical about it” because David urges, “commune with your own heart upon your bed” [Psalm 4:4].
Several of the stories about prayer are inspiring, but that's the only benefit I found in the book.
Scripture has so much to teach us about prayer that is practical, motivational, encouraging and transforming. One's time would be much better spent reading the Bible while praying for the Holy Spirit's guidance than by trying to learn how to draw better physical or metaphorical circles.”