Gaining a Sixth Sense

One of my friends recently introduced me to a 40-day prayer book called Draw the Circle, by Mark Batterson. I have been reading the lessons for my Lenten devotions and am finding them to be a good source for me.
Day 11 begins “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 Batterson explains that through prayer we become more watchful, seeing things before others see them or perhaps even seeing things that others might not even notice. He goes onto explain that prayer is like a sixth sense, allowing you to take note of things you might not be aware of if you hadn’t been praying about it. The more we pray, the more we develop our sixth sense and take note of things we otherwise would have missed. To become a better prayer, you must pray and pray regularly.

Batterson stated, and I have experienced, “we see the world as we are.” He illustrated by showing that when we receive something new, at that time we notice so many other people that have the same thing as us; whereas we might not have been as observant prior to our receipt of the new thing. Likewise the more we pray, the more we are open to things that might have otherwise gone unnoticed by us.

In another lesson, Batterson encourages his readers to pray big and not to be afraid to ask for impossible things/happenings. After all, we are asking for divine intervention so therefore our requests should be something that requires a God to help and not just something that man alone can handle. Makes sense and I know I have many times prayed for things not of Godly proportions; in fact, probably most of my prayers are pretty basic requests and praises.

Draw the Circle gets its name from circling a particular topic with prayer and really focusing on the prayers of your dreams and fears. Batterson has the same approach to prayers. Continue to draw a circle around your fears and dreams. His series of lessons are helpful ways to focus your prayers and learn to grow your prayer life. His lessons are easy to read and relational to everyday life.

“Dear God, teach us to grow in your word through more focused prayers. Teach us the power of prayer so that we may pray for BIG things and extend your kingdom and our spiritual well-being. Open our sixth sense to things that can only be seen and observed through you. Amen”

Wendy Saatoff

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