40 Day Challenge

Below are the devotionals for the 40 Day Challenge. You can also download a PDF version.

Day #1 – Get Ready

Bottom Line: “Praying to God regularly causes irregular things to happen on a regular basis.”

Focal Verse of the day:  Acts 10:1-2

Action Step: Don’t try to do God’s job for Him. Stay humble. Stay patient. Stay focused. Keep circling.

Excerpts From: Mark Batterson. “Draw the Circle.”

Link to book: Draw The Circle Prayer Challenge

Day #2 – Established By God

Bottom Line: “God wants us to get where God wants us to go more than we want to get where God wants us to go.”

Focal Verse of the day: Proverbs 16:9

Action Step: God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time, but it’s up to us to see and seize those opportunities that are all around us all the time.

Excerpt From: Mark Batterson. “Draw the Circle.”

Link to book: Draw The Circle Prayer Challenge

Day #3 – Amazing Things

Bottom Line: If we give more of ourselves to God, God will give more of Himself to us.

Focal Verse of the day:  Joshua 3:5

Action Step: It’s not until we die to self that we truly come alive. The more we give to God, the more we have and the more we become. It’s only in losing our lives that we will really find them.

Excerpts From: Mark Batterson. “Draw the Circle.”

Link to book: Draw The Circle Prayer Challenge

Day #4 – Don’t Pray Away

Bottom Line: Sometimes the purpose of prayer is to get us out of circumstances, but more often than not, the purpose of prayer is to get us through them.

Focal Verse of the day: John 9:3

Action Step: “Can our prayers change our circumstances? Absolutely! But when our circumstances don’t change, it’s often an indication that God is trying to change us. 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.”

Excerpts From: Mark Batterson. “Draw the Circle.”

Link to book: Draw The Circle Prayer Challenge

Day #5 – Write It Down

Bottom Line: The shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory. That’s why I keep a prayer journal.

Focal Verse of the day: Habakkuk 2:2

Action Step: Where do you want me to go? Where can I represent you? Where is your will? Tug at my heart. I am willing and waiting.

Excerpt From: Mark Batterson. “Draw the Circle.”

Link to book: Draw The Circle Prayer Challenge

Day #6 – Shameless Audacity

Bottom Line: God won’t answer 100 percent of the prayers we don’t pray.

Focal Verse of the day: Luke 11:8

Action Step: When we pray, we relieve ourselves of responsibility. We let go and let God. We take our hands off and put our concerns into the hands of Almighty God.

Excerpt From: Mark Batterson. “Draw the Circle.”

Link to book: Draw The Circle Prayer Challenge

Day #7 – Put On Waders

Bottom Line: God is honored when we act as if He is going to answer our prayers! And acting as if means acting on our prayers.

Focal Verse of the day: Mark 16:20

Action Step: “If you want to see God move, make a move.”

Excerpt From: Mark Batterson. “Draw the Circle.”

Link to book: Draw The Circle Prayer Challenge