When The Circle Maker book by Mark Batterson was popular, I thought, from descriptions I saw, that it came from the “Name It and Claim It” camp. But when a service I have that sends out reviews of books, included it recently, I found out that my assumption was completely wrong.
I have often passed on thoughts about praying the Bible. As many of you know, that discipline has transformed my prayer life completely. So I had to show you this quote.
What I'm about to share has the power to revolutionize the way you pray and the way you read the Bible. We often view prayer and Scripture reading as two distinct spiritual disciplines without much overlap, but what if they were meant to be hyperlinked? What if reading became a form of praying and praying became a form of reading?
One of the primary reasons we don't pray through is because we run out of things to say. Our lack of persistence is really a lack of conversation pieces. Like an awkward conversation, we don't know what to say. Or like a conversation on its last leg, we run out of things to talk about. That's when our prayers turn into a bunch of overused and misapplied clichés. So instead of praying hard about a big dream, we're left with small talk. Our prayers are meaningless as a conversation about the weather.
The solution? Pray through the Bible.
Prayer was never meant to be a monologue; it was meant to be a dialogue. Think of Scripture as God's part of the script; prayer is our part. Scripture is God's way of initiating a conversation; prayer is our response. The paradigm shift happens when you realize that the Bible wasn't meant to be read through; the Bible was meant to be prayed through. And if you pray through it, you'll never run out of things to talk about.
From Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker