If you’ve been with me from the beginning, then you know a focus of mine this year has been on prayer: to be more intentional in my prayer time as well as to grow in an understanding of prayer. I wrote a series on what I’ve learned thus far back in May. Most of my learning was gleaned from a prayer retreat my husband and I attended. At the retreat, our senior pastor recommended The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson (affiliate link). I’m just now getting around to reading it.
I’m literally only in Chapter 3 (1 & 2 were short!), and he’s already got me thinking! Here’s what has me stopped right now:
First, Mark establishes “the goal” as this: “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.” After reading that, I thought “Yes! Amen! That’s it!!” Then, in the very next sentence this:
Mark goes on to talk about folks that have no idea what they want, but that’s not my issue. My problem is that I want so many things. I often think that if I could live my life over and over again, I would make different choices every time and be happy with them all. I’ve wanted to run an awesome preschool, teach, counsel, run a private counseling practice, be a wife, stay-at-home mom, write, blog, travel, and so many other things. Sometimes I get lost in all the ideas and dreams and forget what it is I really want.
At the same time, I think there is also a deeper meaning. Everyone obviously wants what is best for themselves. In that sense, I don’t always know what that is–but God does.
God knows what I want when I don’t even know what I want. <–Click to Tweet!
I know that I can discern in general principles and direct commands what is best for me through a study of the Bible, but sometimes we are left to choose between two good or value neutral options. When we don’t know what we want in those situations, God does.
I feel like Mark is issuing a two-fold task here:
- Sit down and articulate in writing what it is that you *think* you want–genuinely and honestly. It’s okay to want things.
- Take time to study God’s Word and figure out what God’s best for you is. Then pray diligently for God to align your will with His–right down to the specifics when you have to choose between two good options.
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