A 40-day prayer challenge began Wednesday night with a simulcast event featuring teachings on prayer from megachurch pastor Mark Batterson.
The Circle Maker 40 Day Prayer Challenge Simulcast was broadcast live from Batterson's church, National Community Church in Washington, D.C., which is just a few blocks away from the U.S. Capitol Building.
"I love leadership. I love discipleship. I love to preach. But it's prayer that is central. When we change the way that we pray, everything changes," said Batterson.
The event was named after his book, The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. In the first century B.C., he says, a drought threatened an entire generation of Israelites, until a man named Honi drew a circle in the sand and told God he would not leave the circle until God showed them mercy.
It began to rain lightly, but Honi stayed put and asked for more. It then rained violently and caused flooding, but he wanted a rain that was not violent and destructive but helpful. After he prayed again, Batterson says, the rain came down in moderation as Honi had asked.
"One prayer saved an entire generation," said Batterson. "Oh yeah, the generation before Jesus."
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SOURCE: Christian Post