Several years ago I was in a Bible study and we used the book The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around your Biggest Challenges and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson. I very blessed by the study. The four chapters in the book are called Dream Big, Pray Hard, Think Long, Keep Circling.
There is a legend from first century BC about a man named Honi. There was a great drought in the land. He stood in the audience of all of the people. He had a 6 foot staff and drew a circle around himself in the dust. He stood inside the circle and prayed to God and he did not move out of the circle until it rained.
It started to sprinkle. However, Honi was not satisfied. He told God that he did not make his petition for a little trickle of water. Then a great rain came and started flooding. Again he called out to God and said he am not standing in the circle for a torrential, destructive rain. He was praying for rain that will be a blessing to your people. And God answered with a rain that was sufficient to water their crops and give them enough water to drink.
One of the reasons I like the book so much is that Mark presents a very solid reason why we should pray God’s word. And keep praying God’s word! He encourages us to find scriptures that God sends us and speaks to us personally through and then circle the Scriptures. Those circles become the place we stand to wait for God to move in our lives. Ephesians 6:13 says “therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.”
I will continue to stand on His Word!