Mark Batterson’s (also New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker) Draw the Circle is a forty day prayer challenge to labor in prayer. I, along with nine other women from my church, committed to pray (forty days, but it’s not just for forty days. It’s a lifestyle) for one person in our group as well as to pray for our own personal needs and concerns. Nearing the end of the forty days, I decided to encourage others, by writing about it, to commit to a similar undertaking. Each day there is a specific reading that relates to faith and prayer. The end result is to deepen our faith, to submit our will to that of the Lord Jesus Christ, to keep a prayer journal, to commit to prayer as a way of life, and to memorize and meditate on the Word daily. We are scheduled to come together over dinner to discuss what God has done. I began interceding for one woman in the group. Although I do not know her well, I asked the Holy Spirit to lead me. I prayed for her, for her family, for her finances, and for her committment to Jesus Christ. I know that God heard my prayers, and I look forward to hearing about the great things that Christ has done and will continue to do in her life. As we circle each other in prayer, we need to make sure someone is circling us in prayer. It is essential that we have someone interceding for us, because sometimes it is hard to pray during difficult times. In James 5: 16, we are told to confess our sins to each other so that we may be healed, for the fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man or woman availeth much. Moreover, the Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6 to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving to make our requests known to God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guide our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. As a result of prayer, I know that God is in the midst of my life, and that he is working everything out in my life for my good and for his glory.
I began putting some prayers (some may seem trivial, but they are important to me, and therefore important to the Lord) before the Lord. I am including a sample of the list so that I can publicly share with my friends and family when the prayers are answered. We are overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). Here is a sample of the list of requests:
*Healing for Latoya;
*Healing for my sister;
*Emotional healing and language development for my niece;
*Salvation/ renewed committment for my siblings, nieces, nephews, in-laws, friends, and Children;
*Great performances (Shakespeare and Poetry) from my students st BAM, CSC, and at Shakespeare festival;
* Successful year end BBQ (good sunny weather)for students;
*Complementary tickets for King and Country gala;
*Great time management;
*Improved hair care/ growth;
*Great health and to live to one hundred;
*Establish an orphanage and a school
*Protection for my students and colleagues and
*Succesful Black Male Achievement Program implemented by BAM
Spending time in prayer is a way of life and we must not give up! God said that His house shall be called a house of prayer (Isaiah 56:7). God tells us in Habbakuk 2:2-3 to write the vision on the tablet, and though it tarries, it shall not tarry long, for the vision is yet for an appointed time. And, the just shall live by his faith. Sometimes Christ delays our answer to strengthen our faith. Sometimes he says no! We must ask in faith and thank God in advance for answering our request that is prayed in accordance with His will. Furthermore, let’s be in a continual attitude of prayer. The Bible says to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Pray when in the shower and pray while walking. Get a prayer partner, and rise early to pray together. If we commit to prayer, unseen blessings will follow. It’s time to pray.
For both edification and encouragement read: 2 Kings 20; Isaiah 38
To submit a prayer request go to brooklyntabernacle.org and scroll down to where there is an icon to submit a prayer request.