Monday, July 13, 2015

Journaling The Circle Maker in my Journaling Bible

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It's Monday and you got this! We had a super fun weekend and I hope you did, too. After our Sunday School class this week I had to get out my Neocolor II paints and get this into my Journaling Bible!

Our Sunday School small group is studying The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. Have you read the book? I can tell you this is a game changer in my prayer life. In the book and video series we are using Mark says we cannot just pray like Elijah, We have to act like Elijah. 

I Kings 18:41-46
And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink, for there is a sound of the rushing of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees. And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times. And at the seventh time he said, “Behold, a little cloud like a man's hand is rising from the sea.” And he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot and go down, lest the rain stop you.’” And in a little while the heavens grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the Lord was on Elijah, and he gathered up his garment and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel.

Mark points out that Elijah prayed, then acted (sent his servant to look for rain) - 7 times. Mark calls Elijah's actions a "Sanctified Expectation". Let's pray with EXPECTATION that God is going to answer our prayer. Let's take a step of faith after our prayer and let's NOT give up one prayer too short. March circles around your prayers and God-given promises and don't give up on God!