Give me faith, but don’t put me in situations that require it.
Give me hope, but don’t disappoint me.
Give me contentment, but give me everything I want.
Give me grace, but don’t put me around people who need it.
Give me patience, but don’t make me wait.
My church started the year with Pastor Mark Batterson‘s four-part sermon series on based on The Circle Maker, his new NY Times Bestseller on prayer. It highlights the importance of dreaming big, praying hard, and thinking long. Specifically, one of the core principles is the idea of “praying through.” Praying through is the opposite of seeking an answer as soon as possible. It’s a commitment to pray as long as it takes to realize God’s purpose in us – and for Him to receive the glory.
I had a real-life object lesson when we presented a junior version of the Circle Maker series to our Sunday School kids. (more…)