Most of pray every day. We pray quick at the start of our day or in the car or at meals or in the midst of a daily stress. We pray when a friend calls in need. Or how about when we listen to the news at noon?
But there really is a difference in praying for something and praying through something. The first is often a quick prayer like for a meal or a test. The second is ongoing and takes a period of time.
Let’s talk about a real life strategy of circling …
The Israelites were getting ready to take the city of Jericho, which had both high and thick walls. Those walls were seemingly insurmountable and God gives the battle plan:
“You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days.”
OK and then …
“On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”
(Joshua 6:3-5, NLT)
If we are to be honest here, this is just not your typical battle strategy. They had to obey (and believe) that simply marching, blowing horns and a loud shout were going to achieve victory. And here is where Mark Batterson raises an interesting point:
Most of us don’t get what we want because we quit circling. (page 35)
We often think praying once should be sufficient. We give up too soon not praying through – which means until God responds or intervenes.
May we keep on praying, not allowing silence or waiting to discourage us.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9, NIV)
Keep. On. Circling!
This is Day 6 in 31 Days Of Going In Circles. You can find the entire series here .
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