Define your dream

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By Dave Henning / January 19, 2016

“Define your dream.  Claim your promise.  Spell your miracle.”- Mark Batterson

As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 3 of The Circle Maker, he references Matthew’s account of “Jesus Heals Two Blind Men” (Matthew 20:29-34).   When two blind men sitting on the roadside outside of Jericho hailed Jesus, the disciples saw it as human interruption.  Jesus, however, viewed it as a divine appointment.

The key to Jesus’ encounter with the two blind men is the pointed question Jesus asked them: “What do you want me to do for you?”  Mark states Jesus was forcing the men to define precisely what they wanted from Him- to verbalize their desire.  That is where drawing prayer circles begins.  You have to know what to circle.

What, Pastor Batterson wonders, if Jesus were to ask you that exact question: What do you want me to do for you?  Could you define your dream?  Mark describes the crux of the problem: “So while God is for us, most of us have no idea what we want God to do for us.”

The answer to Jesus’ question changes over time.  Different seasons of life require different miracles.  Rather than simply reading the Bible, Mark emphasizes that we need to start circling the promises.  Rather than compiling a wish list, compose a list of God-glorifying life goals.

Today’s question: What concrete steps do you need to take to define your dream?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Nuanced prayers”

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Dave Henning


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