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Pray Through to Breakthrough — A Quote by Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker”

“Just like the sound barrier, there is a faith barrier. And breaking the faith barrier in the spiritual realm is much like breaking the sound barrier in the physical realm. If you want to experience a supernatural breakthrough, you have to pray through. But as you get closer to the breakthrough, it often feels like you’re about to lose control, about to fall apart. That is when you need to press in and pray through. If you allow them to, your disappointments will create drag. If you allow them to, your doubts will nosedive your dreams. But if you pray through, God will come through and you’ll experience a supernatural breakthrough.”

— Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”, Kindle location 2239

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Big Prayers are About God, Not You — A Quote by Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker”

“When you live by faith, it often feels like you are risking your reputation. You’re not. You’re risking God’s reputation. It’s not your faith that is on the line. It’s His faithfulness. Why?”

“Because God is the one who made the promise, and He is the only one who can keep it. The battle doesn’t belong to you; it belongs to God. And because the battle doesn’t belong to you, neither does the glory. God answers prayer to bring glory to His name, the name that is above all names.”

“Drawing prayer circles isn’t about proving yourself to God; it’s about giving God an opportunity to prove Himself to you. Just in case you have forgotten — and to ensure that you always remember — God is for you. I can’t promise that God will always give you the answer you want. I can’t promise that He’ll answer on your timeline. But I can promise this: He answers every prayer, and He keeps every promise. That is who He is. That is what He does.”

— Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”, Kindle locations 2806-2811

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Give Thanks before the Prayer is Answered — A Quote by Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker”

“Do you recall what Jesus did right before the miracle? It says Jesus ‘gave thanks.’ He didn’t wait until after the miracle; He thanked God for the miracle before the miracle happened. Jesus put the Jericho principle into practice by praising God before the miracle happened as if it had already happened because He knew His Father would keep His promise.”

— Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”, Kindle location 574

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Drawing Circles Means Defining God’s Promises to You and Standing Firm — A Quote by Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker”

“Drawing prayer circles starts with identifying your Jericho. You’ve got to define the promises God wants you to stake claim to, the miracles God wants you to believe for, and the dreams God wants you to pursue…”

“Now here’s the problem: Most of us don’t get what we want simply because we don’t know what we want. We’ve never circled any of God’s promises. We’ve never written down a list of life goals. We’ve never defined success for ourselves. And our dreams are as nebulous as cumulus clouds…”

“It’s easy to get so busy climbing the ladder of success that we fail to realize that the ladder is not leaning against the wall of Jericho. We lose sight of our God-ordained goals. Our eternal priorities get subjugated to our temporal responsibilities. And we pawn our God-given dream for the American dream. So instead of circling Jericho, we end up wandering in the wilderness for forty years.”

— Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”, Kindle location 191, 193, 270

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Some questions for your: 1) Do you have promises from God that are unfulfilled? 2) If so, are you standing by them in prayer? 3) Can you identify at all with the last paragraph of the quote, about substituting the American dream for your God-given dream?

God Cares More about Desperation and Perseverance than Protocol — A Quote by Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker”

“God couldn’t care less about protocol. If He did, Jesus would have chosen the Pharisees as His disciples. But that isn’t who Jesus honored. Jesus honored the prostitute who crashed a party at a Pharisee’s home to anoint His feet. Jesus honored the tax collector who climbed a tree in his three-piece suit just to get a glimpse of Jesus. Jesus honored the four friends who cut in line and cut a hole in someone’s ceiling to help their friend. And in this parable, Jesus honored the woman who drove a judge crazy because she wouldn’t stop knocking…”

“The common denominator in each of these stories is holy desperation. People took desperate measures to get to God, and God honored them for it. Nothing has changed. God is still honoring spiritual desperadoes who crash parties and climb trees. God is still honoring those who defy protocol with their bold prayers. God is still honoring those who pray with audacity and tenacity.”

— Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”, Kindle locations 1074, 1078

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Desperation Mixed with Faith is a Dangerous Combination — A Quote by Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker”

“Desperate times call for desperate measures, and there is no more desperate act than praying hard. There comes a moment when you need to throw caution to the wind and draw a circle in the sand. There comes a moment when you need to defy protocol, drop to your knees, and pray for the impossible. There comes a moment when you need to muster every ounce of faith you have and call down rain from heaven. For the persistent widow, this was that moment.”

“The judge knew there was no quit in the persistent widow. Does The Judge know that about you? How desperate are you for the miracle? Desperate enough to pray through the night? How many times are you willing to circle the promise? Until the day you die? How long and loud will you knock on the door of opportunity? Until you knock the door down?”

— Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”, Kindle location 1066

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Unanswered Prayers are the Hardest Part of a Life of Faith — A Quote by Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker”

“The hardest thing about praying hard is enduring unanswered prayers. If you don’t guard your heart, unresolved anger toward God can undermine faith.”

— Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”, Kindle location 1647

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Also see my article about disappointment with God.

Discern What God Wants for You, Then Pray Into It — A Quote by Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker”

“Drawing prayer circles isn’t some magic trick to get what you want from God. God is not a genie in a bottle, and your wish is not His command. His command better be your wish. If it’s not, you won’t be drawing prayer circles; you’ll end up walking in circles… Drawing prayer circles starts with discerning what God wants, what God wills. And until His sovereign will becomes your sanctified wish, your prayer life will be unplugged from its power supply.”

— Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”, Kindle locations 90,92

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God Gets Glory When We Pray Boldly and Don’t Give Up — A Quote by Mark Batterson in “The Circle Maker”

“Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers… The bigger the circle we draw, the better, because God gets more glory. The greatest moments in life are the miraculous moments when human impotence and divine omnipotence intersect — and they intersect when we draw a circle around the impossible situations in our lives and invite God to intervene.”

— Mark Batterson, “The Circle Maker”, Kindle location 69-74

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