Good Morning Everyone!!!
A Big Thank You to everyone who joined us last night at our Facebook Party!! A great time of sharing and experiencing God's Word! I had so much to share last night and I didn't get through all my notes. So, I thought I'd share - "the rest of the story," as Paul Harvey used to say...
Every blessing, every breakthrough, every miracle, and every dream has a genealogy. If you trace it all the way back to its origin, you will find a prayer circle.
- Why is it important that we have people in our lives who draw circles of prayer around us? Who is praying for you right now and how can you help them stay informed so that they can continue to pray in specific and powerful ways?
- Who are you praying for regularly and how are your prayers impacting the lives of these people? How can you increase the intensity of the prayer circles you are drawing for these people?
Phil 4…present your requests to God with prayer and thanksgiving.
When we feel under qualified and overwhelmed, we might be exactly where God wants us. These moments force us to pray like everything depends on God.
Read Numbers 13:26-33. Describe the territory God called Joshua and the people of Israel to enter and take as their own. What was the nature of this task and why would prayer be such an essential part of accomplishing it?
- Take a moment and draw a map or picture of an area, relationship, goal, or something else that you believe God wants you to circle in prayer. It could be as simple as the name of a person, or a drawing of your neighborhood or workplace.
- Next, write down three of four prayers you can begin to pray around this territory.
- Describe a time you for something and God did far more than you expected.
- Write down a specific time in your life when you experienced great blessing, a spiritual breakthrough, a miracle, or the fulfillment of a dream. Then, reflect back on the persons who were praying for you. Write down their names…create a prayer genealogy.
Mark Batterson says that he believes that every blessing, every breakthrough, every miracle, and every dream has a genealogy. If you trace it all the way back to its origin, you will find a prayer circle.
Miracles are the by-product of prayers that were prayed by you or for you. And that should be all the motivation you need to pray.
Read James 4:1-3 – We have not because we ask not. Put another way, we have not because we circle not.
Read Joshua 6:1-15
Then I ended with this challenge...
21-Day Prayer Challenge – starting today for the next 21 days. Identify a time you will pray every day. Then, pick a place you will go consistently to meet with God in prayer. Be sure this is a place you feel connected to God. Identify a specific person, promise, or problem you will circle in prayer every day for the coming three weeks. Be sure to keep this appointment with God every day and see what He accomplishes in and through you.
Well-developed faith results in well-defined prayers, and well-defined prayers results in a well-lived life.
Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don’t require divine intervention.
Not every pray will be answered the way we script it, but I’m convinced of this: The miracles that have happened would not have happened if I hadn’t drawn a circle around them in the first place.
Don’t just read the Bible. Start circling the promises. Don’t just make a wish. Write down a list of God-glorifying life goals. Don’t just pray. Keep a journal.
Have a wonderfully blessed day!