You pick – there isn’t a wrong or right, just pick a time and place. I felt God was calling me to do something outside of my normal comfortable routine. I chose 6am. Even weekends. This looks like: Me rolling out of bed after hitting snooze only 2 times. I immediately grab my Bible, Draw the Circle book and my Journal. With sleepy eyes and the flashlight on my phone, I head straight downstairs, bad breath and all. I bow on my knees beside my couch and I start talking to God. It is not fancy. It is not formal. It usually starts, “Good morning, God – please help me stay awake.” I just talk about whatever I’m thinking about. I pick up the Draw the Circle book and pray out loud things from previous days that I have underlined. I look at scriptures I have underlined or bookmarked recently and pray those. I also read and write in my journal while praying. I have been praying for about 25 minutes each morning during this week because of my family schedule. Note: I have never done anything like this in my life. This is WAYYY out of my comfort zone. I am not a morning person. I don’t do mornings. I would be fine with life starting at noon everyday. I don’t talk to people in the mornings. I don’t even talk happy to God, ya’ll! And this morning, I kid you not: I caught myself praying for someone and the ice maker started making a noise. I sure did say, “and Lord, help us monitor the ice to make sure there is enough…” WHAT???? Yeah, maybe I was getting a bit sleepy. I laughed. And then refocused back on people instead of ice.
For others, this looks like walking around the outside of your house, in the dark, at 5:15am every morning while talking to God. Or, praying on the way to work in your car because this is where you can focus the best part of your day without a distraction. Another person has felt in addition to their daily appointment, they are spending more time reading and studying instead of watching TV in the evenings – and they don’t even like to read! Do something that is out of your comfort zone. If you’re doing something you’ve always done in your prayer habits, you may not feel there is a point to this whole thing. If you’re having trouble keeping your appointments, ask someone on this team to hold you accountable. Ask me!! And if you miss, catch up. Don’t quit. Or I will come hunt you down.
#2 Your Prayer Focus – What am I supposed to be praying about? What if I don’t have a focus?
Yes, the book references the goal of circling something in prayer. I want to remind you of this quote in the beginning of the book:
A Family Member
Having those that know me best respect me the most
Don’t allow this one part to trip you up. Just keep prayin’…just keep prayin’…just keep prayin’!
#3 Read the corresponding “Day” in our book: Draw the Circle
This book is what we are using as a group to guide our journey for 40 days. I highly recommend reading everyday. If you skip days, it will add up and it will be harder to catch up. It has absolutely helped me to focus my prayers and thoughts by reading the daily section in the book.
An additional option to go deeper is this daily online update that I am providing. I don’t intend for these updates to be as long going forward. This is to be a quick touch point where you can feel free to share your experiences, comments and questions to the group. Note: This online site is optional. Use it if you need it and like it. If it makes you feel overwhelmed, just focus on praying and come here when you can. You won’t hurt my feelings at all, promise 🙂 I like being connected to the group and seeing what others have to say – so I will be here for 40 days!
Now listen, ya’ll – Day 6, there’s some GOOD STUFF:
“God won’t answer 100 percent of the prayers we don’t pray.” (pg 43)
“Desperate times call for desperate measures.“ (pg 43)
“There are times when you need to do whatever it takes. You need to grab hold of the horns of the altar and not let go. You need to dare demonic forces to a duel. You need to do something crazy, something risky, something different.” (pg 44)
I dare you to get on your knees and pray consistently for 40 days and see what happens. I double dog dare you. I triple dog dare you.
This is the one simple point: pray.