Author Archives: Mark Batterson

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Prayer: A Secret Weapon in Parenting

Prayer: A Secret Weapon in Parenting

I’m a connoisseur of testimonies. And the most poignant prayer testimonies I’ve received over the years come from parents who are circling their children in prayer like never before. Parents are praying the promises of God around their children. They are interceding for future spouses, believing for miracles, and praying a hedge of protection around their children. And parents aren’t just praying

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Ten Steps to Setting God-Ordained Goals

Goals are as unique as we are. They should reflect our unique personality and passions. And we arrive at them via different avenues. But these ten steps to goal setting can guide us as we circle our life goals. 1. Start with Prayer Prayer is the best way to jump-start the process of goal setting.

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Pray Hard

The Cattle on a Thousand Hills Shortly after Dallas Theological Seminary opened its doors, their doors almost closed because of bankruptcy. Before their 1929 commencement day, the faculty gathered in the president’s office to pray that God would provide. They formed a prayer circle, and when it was Harry Ironside’s turn, he circled Psalm 50:10

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A Praying Parent

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. – Deuteronomy 4:9 Compared to parenting, every other challenge is child’s play. Being

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Quit Praying!

“Well done, good and faithful servant!”— Matthew 25:23 One of the defining moments in my prayer life happened a decade ago. I was in a small group with a friend who worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Georgetown University. Jeremy was working on a shoestring budget, and their campus ministry needed a computer. He shared

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What Is the Purpose of Prayer?

“This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” – John 9:3 The primary purpose of prayer is not to change circumstances; the primary purpose of prayer is to change us! But either way, the chief objective remains the same: to glorify God in any and every situation.  My friends John and

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Crazy Prayers

This woman is driving me crazy. – Luke 18:5 I love the parable of the persistent widow. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I think persistent is a nice word for crazy. This woman is crazy, but when the cause is a righteous one, it’s a holy crazy! We aren’t told what injustice took place, but she was on a mission.

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Praying Circles Around Your Children

I want to be famous in my home. This is the deepest desire of my heart and the greatest challenge of my life. Parenting our three children is far more difficult and far more important than pastoring thousands of people. Just the other day, I said to [my wife] Lora, “I feel like we’ll finally

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