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Week 1: Draw Near to God as Circle Makers (Chapters 1-4)

Song of the Week: “The Motions” by Matthew West

 

Mon. Sept. 30, 2013 – Praying Your Destiny

Quote: “Prayers are prophecies. They are the best predictors of your spiritual future. Who you become is determined by how you pray. Ultimately, the transcript of your prayers becomes the script of your life.”

Prayer: “Lord, you have saved me and called me to a holy life – not because of anything I have done but because of your own purpose and grace. For it is by grace that I have been saved, through faith – and this is not from myself. It is a gift from you – not by works, so that I could never boast. For I am your handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which you have prepared in advance for me to do. So as I pray to you each day, make known to me the path of life. Fill me with joy in your presence as together we pray into my destiny.”

(See 2 Timothy 1:9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Psalm 16:11)


Tues. Oct. 1, 2013 – Discerning God’s Will

Quote: “Drawing prayer circles starts with discerning what God wants, what God wills.”

Prayer: “Lord, your law is within my heart and I desire to do your will. Each day I will offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to you. I choose not to be conformed to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of my mind so that I will be able to know your good, pleasing and perfect will. I will trust in you with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. In all my ways I will submit to you, and trust that you will direct my path for it is you who works in me to will and to act in order to fulfill your good purpose for my life. Come now to show me what you want me to circle as I pray.”

(See Psalm 40:8, Romans 12:1-2, Proverbs 3:5-6, Philippians 2:13)


Wed. Oct. 2, 2013 – The Necessity of Prayer

Quote: “God has determined that certain expressions of His power will only be exercised in response to prayer. Simply put, God won’t do it unless you pray for it.”

Prayer: “Lord, you say in your Word that when I do not have something that I want, it is because I have not asked you for it. Or perhaps I have not received because I asked with the wrong motives. Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. Jesus, I hear you asking me, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ so I need to spend time in your presence determining what I do, in fact, desire. And I know from your Word that when I set my mind to gain understanding and to humble myself before you, that my words will be heard, and that you will answer. How I praise you for this!”

(See James 4:2-3, Matthew 20:32, Daniel 10:12)


Thurs. Oct. 3, 2013 – The Goal in Circling Prayers

Quote: “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. Then you need to keep circling until God gives you what He wants and He wills. That’s the goal.”

Prayer: “Lord, you promised in your Word to tell me great and unsearchable things that I do not know. I am determined to remain in you and have your words remain in me, Then I can ask whatever I wish, and it will be done for me. As I continue to circle the promises, miracles, and dreams in prayer, I know that you will guide me in whatever I need to do and will tell me when I can lay claim to the victories that you have for me!”

(See Jeremiah 33:3, John 15:7, Joshua 6:1-2, Joshua 6:20)


Fri. Oct. 4, 2013 – From Prayer to Praise

Quote: “Prayer is asking God to do something, future tense; praise is believing that God has already done it, past tense.”

Prayer: “Lord, your Word says that if I believe, then I will receive whatever I ask for in prayer, even if it is for the mountain to be moved. Therefore, through Jesus, I will continually offer to you a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess your name. I choose not to be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, I will present my requests to you. And your peace, which transcends all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. How I praise you for this!” 

(See Matthew 21:21-22, Hebrews 13:15, Philippians 4:6-7)