every month, theWell has a prayer night, where we come together, worship and praise God for who He is and then pray for ourselves, for theWell ministry, and the Kingdom. it's always a powerful night - it's an opportunity to gather together to lift up the Kingdom in prayer.
last night was no different; it was powerful!
Ernest shared the story of Honi the Circle Maker.
i can't find the version that Ernest read to us, but here the story of Honi the Circle Maker:
Here is a video by Mark Batterson (he wrote a book called The Circle Maker, which I want to read!)Once there was a terrible drought in the land of Israel. It was already the month of Adar, which usually marks the end of the rainy season and the beginning of spring, but no rains had fallen all winter long.
So the people sent for Honi the Circle-Maker. He prayed, but still no rains came. Then he drew a circle in the dust and stood in the middle of it. Raising his hands to heaven, he vowed, "God, I will not move from this circle until You send rain!"
Immediately a few drops fell, hissing as they struck the hot white stones. But the people complained to Honi, "This is but a poor excuse for rain, only enough to release you from your vow.
So Honi turned back to heaven and cried, "Not for this trifling drizzle did I ask, but for enough rain to fill wells, cisterns, and ditches!Then the heavens opened up and poured down rain in buckets, each drop big enough to fill a soup ladle. The wells and the cisterns overflowed, and the wadis flooded the desert. The people of Jerusalem ran for safety to the Temple Mount
"Honi!" they cried. "Save us! Or we will all be destroyed like the generation of the Flood! Stop the rains!"
Honi said to them, "I was glad to ask God to end your misery, but how can I ask for an end to your blessing?"
The people pleaded with him, and he finally agreed to pray for the rain to stop. "Bring me an offering of thanksgiving," he told them, and they did.Then Honi said to God, "This people that You brought out of Egypt can take neither too much evil nor too much good. Please give them what they ask so that they may be happy."
So God sent a strong wind that blew away the fierce rains, and the people gathered mushrooms and truffles on the Temple Mount.
Then Shimon ben Shetakh, head of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem, said to Honi, "I should excommunicate you for your audacity, but how can I, since you're Honi! God coddles you as a father does his young child. The child says: 'Hold me, Daddy, and bathe me, and give me poppyseeds and peaches and pomegranates,' and his father gives him whatever he wants."
So it was with Honi the Circle-Maker.
Honi prayed boldly.
He didn't leave the circle until his prayer was answered.
And last night, I was challenged to draw a circle myself.
I was challenged to pray boldly, knowing that God hears my prayers.
And I did.
For the first time ever, I prayed for my relationship with my mother. I know that God is the ultimate healer and the almighty God of the universe! i know that no matter what, i am going to stand in my circle and pray for my mom and pray for a mended relationship; we're not on bad terms by any means, but i know that our relationship isn't as strong as others in my life. i want 2012 to be a powerful year - and this year, i'm standing in a circle and praying boldly for rain to come in the form of healing!
what do you need to pray boldly about?