The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears

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Have you ever been afraid to pray? Have you wondered if you were important enough for God to hear and answer your prayers? Have you ever felt that God might be offended by your impossible requests?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I encourage you to get your hands on a copy of Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker post haste.

Pastor Batterson opens The Circle Maker with the legend of Honi, the circle maker of ancient Israel whose prayers opened the floodgates of Heaven, ending a drought and saving a generation. Chapter two follows the story with these truths:

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. But ask God to part the Red Sea or make the sun stand still or float an iron axhead, and God is moved to omnipotent action.

There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling dreams. That is who He is. That is what He does. And 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.

The rest of the book continues to lay out his process for prayer: Dream big. Pray Hard. Think Long. Each new chapter expounds on these thoughts and reveals story after story of how God has answered BHAPs (Big Hairy Audacious Prayers) in his own life, the lives of his family members, his church members, and others.

He concludes the book with a section titled, “Keep Circling.” He shares a story of how a seemingly closed door for their church that appeared to be disastrous, ended up being a double miracle for two congregations. He goes on to teach that prayers never cease to exist. Even if we never see the fruit of our prayers, they continue on into eternity. Prayers spoken in faith today can be reaped by your others in another century, but one way or another, God answers the prayers of His children. It might be that He has to refine our prayers and desires over time to coincide with His plans, but if we are faithful to circle the dreams He has laid on our hearts, God will be glorified in making them come to pass.

If you feel that your prayer life needs a fresh dose of faith, The Circle Maker will give you the encouragement you need to drop to your knees.

For additional quotes and information on The Circle Maker, click here to read Donya’s blog post, A Blank Slate.

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Donya Dunlap
Donya wears a number of hats, including working as an administrative assistant at her local church, freelancing through City Girl Graphics, blogging, and writing. She dreams of one day spending her time focused on communicating God’s love to women through teaching Bible studies, speaking at women’s conferences, and writing books. Her first book, Forgetting the Fairy Tale, is scheduled for publication in the Fall/Winter of 2012. Check out her blog at