I met Mark Batterson yesterday. Mark is founding pastor of National Community Church in DC and author of The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. He was the featured preacher at the Innovative Church Network, and he spoke to us about how God works in and through the church. His main point: everything begins with prayer.
I bought his book.
Want to make a difference in the world? Want God to use you in amazing ways? What to be a person of influence for the glory of God? Here’s how:
He never received a formal education, yet he lectured at Harvard. He was born in a gypsy tent, yet he was summoned to the White House to meet two presidents. Born in the Epping Forest outside of London in 1860, Rodney “Gypsy” Smith crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean forty-five times, preaching the gospel to millions. Few evangelists have preached with more passion. His secret? Private prayer. More powerful than his preaching was his praying.
Gypsy’s secret was revealed to a delegation of revival seekers, who asked him how God could use them, just as he was using Gypsy. Without hesitation, Gypsy said, “Go home. Lock yourself in your room. Kneel down in the middle of the floor, and with a piece of chalk draw a circle around yourself. There, on your knees, pray fervently and brokenly that God would start a revival within that chalk circle.”
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to God.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)