Mark Batterson, author and lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., continues his prayer theme in "Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children" releasing April 22. Where parents learn what prayer circles are and how to pray "circles" of God's promises over their children's lives.
Batterson adopted the method of prayer circles from the "Book of Legends," a story compilation from the Hebrew Talmud and Midrash after he read the legendary account of "Honi, the Circle Maker."
Honi, a rainmaker similar to Elijah who successfully prayed for rain, lived on the outskirts of Jerusalem and spent his days in prayer inside a small hut. The people, when their land became dry and parched, begged Honi to pray for rain because they knew he was a man of great faith.
Honi agreed and the community joined him in prayer on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where he bowed his head, extended his staff to the ground and turned "until he stood inside the complete circle he had drawn." That day the legend of the "Circle Maker" was born with a "prayer that saved a generation." To read the complete kids version: The Circle Maker for Kids: one Prayer can Change Everything
Reading Honi's story caused such a transformation in Mark's prayer life he shared this new method of prayer in several books. Praying Circles Around your Children, Draw the Circle: the 40 Day Prayer Challenge and The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around...Dreams & Fears.
In this new guide, Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children, he describes how to pray seven prayer circles of biblical principles around your children's lives. From praying a hedge of protection around them to passing on the blessings of God's promises. In addition to recognizing and taking advantage of "teachable moments" in your family's life and why he believes God's blessings often comes with "holy complications."
Batterson, a parent himself, considers prayer a parent's "secret weapon, yet it isn't a default position. He knows from experience being a praying parent requires the efforts of "design, desire and discipline." Yet, prayer is our "single greatest privilege," writes Mark, especially since a legacy of prayer is the "greatest legacy you can leave" behind.
Batterson's professional life, as lead pastor of one of America's "most innovative churches," would be considered the pinnacle of success. However, he defines success this way: "I want those who know me best to respect me the most"
That means Mark's family and I'm sure they do because he practices what he preaches with prayers that shape the destinies of his own children, and their children's children.
'Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children, by Mark Batterson, Zondervan, April 22, 2014, 224 Pages, Hardcover, 978-0310339731, $14.99
Midwest Book Reviews: April 2014
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