Mark Battersons idea of the circle maker was birthed after he discovered Honi tucked away in the book of legends. As the story goes during the first century BC, a devastating drought threatened to destroy an entire generation. The last of the Jewish prophets had all died off and it appeared as if God was absent. But there was an eccentric old sage that still dared to pray- His name was Honi.
The story recounts how Honi, with his 6-foot staff in hand stepped into the open and began to draw a circle in the sand. With all the villagers looking on Honi completed his circle dropped to the knees bowed his head, raised his hands toward heaven and (with the authority of Elijah the prophet when he called down fire from heaven) he prayed: Lord of the universe, I swear before your great name that I will not move from this circle until you have shown mercy upon your children.
As his prayer ascended to heaven, raindrops descended to earth. The crowd gasped in amazement as every head turned towards heaven rejoicing as the crystal raindrops caressed their sundried faces. (Paraphrased from Batterson Ch. 1)
I believe God is longing to see His 21st century Honis stepping out into the open and drawing circles of prayer around our neighborhoods, our families around the dream of a Christian coffee house, food pantry, new start, rehab center, house church etc.
I believe He is waiting for us to step forward in our circles and fall upon our knees with lifted hands as he pours out raindrops of His saving Grace and mercy on this lost, lonely and desperate generation.
Noah drew his circle around a boat (what a sight that must have been). David drew his circle in the sand with slingshot in hand (awesome). Daniel drew his circle around a bunch of hungry lions (terrifying) and Peter drew his circle around the first church plant in Jerusalem (3000 on opening day).
The 20/20 vision for the harvest is nothing for our God! Will you endeavor to draw a circle, fall upon your knees with lifted hands and feel His raindrops?
David Rambarran (Guest Blogger)
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