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Item Name: NEW Circle Making and Prayer Circles Versus The Straight Line of Truth - Booklet
Category: Booklets - Lighthouse Trails
Item Number: LHT-BKT-CIRCLE
Price: $1.95
The premise behind Battersons The Circle Maker (which has become a very popular book) is that if we draw circles around important things in our lives, including our prayers, we will receive great blessings. Batterson explains:

Over the years, Ive drawn prayer circles around promises in Scripture and promises the Holy Spirit has conceived in my spirit. Ive drawn prayer circles around impossible situations and impossible people. Ive drawn prayer circles around everything from life goals to pieces of property.

Batterson explains that his goal is to glorify God by drawing circles around that which we want. Battersons circle-making formula for getting prayers answered is reminiscent of the still- popular book that hit the evangelical market in 2000, The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson.

From the start of the book, the reader is being offered a method for success in his spiritual life by one daily prayer. . . . Wilkinson thinks he has discovered something he wants to share with all. If well just pray the prayer of Jabez, word-for-word, every day for a month, well see Gods blessing and power in our lives.

The key is that Jabez learned the right formula for asking things of God. Wilkinson implies a cause and effect action that is guaranteedask this way and wait until you see the results. The Prayer of Jabez was really fulfilling a lustful desire of manto be like God:

Man develops a formula to get what he wants, and God MUST NOW answer these requests or prayers.

there is no precedent whatsoever in the Bible that we are to draw circles in order to have our prayers answered. On the contrary, there are countless examples in pagan, wiccan, and New Age literature that refer to circles. If drawing prayer circles is such a wonderful God-inspired idea, how is it that Satanists and those in the occult consider circles a major part of their belief system? Could it be that the church is merely imitating an occultic practice?

It is not circles that people need, but rather, what God offers them: a relationship with His Sonno gimmicks, no magic, no trickeryno circles. God offers the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ to all those who make a straight line to His throne of grace and to His everlasting truth.

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