How did this guy change the way Glenn prays?

For weeks, Glenn has wanted to have Pastor Mark Batterson, author of ‘The Circle Maker, onto his show. Batterson’s book has really impacted Glenn’s thoughts on prayers , especially the idea of praying consistently and constantly – what Batterson calls “circling” – until God’s will is accomplished.

“Circling just means praying until God answers,” Pastor Batterson told Glenn. Batterson explained that all too often, people say their prayers and then they just move onto something else, failing to pay attention and give thanks to God when the prayers are answered. Other times, people pray for things to happen ASAP, but Batterson says you have to pray for as long as it takes for the answers to come.

Does this mean you should just keep praying and praying and praying until God does exactly what you want? Absolutely not.

“God’s not a genie in a bottle,” Batterson said. “You got to make sure it’s in the will of God and for the glory of God.” 

Glenn has talked openly about his prayers and his experience trying to find God’s will, often finding that what he believes God wants ends up being very different when he starts to pray and when things start to become a reality.

“He keeps refining and refining and refining until you eventually get it,” Glenn said before adding that it’s as important to recognize and thank God for the bad things in life as it is the good.

Pastor Batterson hopes that his book really inspires people to pray with intensity and tenacity, and that they develop a habit of praying every day.

“God won’t answer 100% of the prayers you don’t pray. One of the biggest tragedies in life is prayers that go unanswered because they go unasked,” he said.

At the end of the interview, Glenn asked Pastor Batterson to help him come up with a prayer challenge for the audience so they can really put the lessons of “The Circle Maker” into practice and develop a prayer habit that could be “game changing”.

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  • steve theman

    Dangerous book. It is witchcraft cloaked in christianity.

  • Chris Sigfrids

    Couldn’t disagree more. Mark’s book is a great metaphor for praying in a way that mirrors the heart of the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8). It’s not about getting more or getting what you want…but going to God in prayer intently.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2018:1-8

  • Anonymous

    It’s not enough to pray. One needs to pray to God for the Truth and all that is Right and Just, pray for Wisdom, Charity, Humility. Prayer is not to be mindless babble going on and on without thought.

    Churches should be “welcoming” but not active in confirming one’s sins. God put forth The Ten Commandments. Don’t forget them.

  • Kathy Gumbs

    Prayer everyday, talking to God as your Father everyday, speaking out Psalms everyday – changes things around you, in you, it dismantles our enemies, the plans and weapons of our enemies, – ” we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and Powers of darkness, evil and wickedness” , who tries all things to suppress us, whether financially, physically, emotionally, with the ultimate intention to kill us, in everyway, Prayer is a communication into heaven, where our battles will be fought against our enemies and our fathers Will to be established in our lives.
    It works for me in the most awesome way!! Try it, results are guaranteed.

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    “How did this guy change the way Glenn prays?”

    Oh, did it make him pray to the God that actually exists and not his fake mormon god?

  • Anonymous

    Reminds me of the “circe prayers” that a group had at one of the companies I worked at. They would pray every morning for 15 minutes or so. Trouble is their leader would do some pretty snazzy things to advance himself within the company, like cheating customers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars!
    By the way, Glenn looks like just another one of those phony preachers we see all the time on TV with that book (bible) in his hand.

  • When

    A very good documentary on Beck.

    Glenn Beck’s New Book Reveals He Embraces New Age Theology, Is a Knowledgeable Mormon, and a Universalist – See more at:

    http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-tube/play.php?id=cwnVideo-4430

  • texastruthtweet

    I just put this book on my Amazon wish list. Also plan to participate in the 40 day challenge.

  • Robbie DeJonge

    Our God is your God. Same one in the Holy Bible.

  • Beatrice Becker

    Well, here we go again, shooting our own because of our own opinions on either this or that! Why, in the Name of Jesus, can’t we get along and get in unity as He requested????

  • Anonymous

    Which fake mormon god is that? BYU Football?

  • Anonymous

    I listened to the first 3 minutes of this and couldnt make it through. There were too many inaccuracies to keep going…..

  • Aaron Waters

    I read the book, my Church used it in a series, there’s nothing dangerous about it, give some facts without preaching hateful rhetoric about something

  • Anonymous

    I listen to radio beck every Tuesday then go home and wring my hands, and drink wine. He’s right, I think, we’re screwed. I also can do the math. Today I tuned in and heard beck say, are you hoping men will solve this mess? (Meaning America’s crises. ) I know it’s beyond that. then I heard Batterson say, there’s a God who thinks beyond our ways. Pray to him. I did. It was the first time I’ve ever pumped my fist in my truck and had hope listening to beck. I went home for wine but not to escape, but to celebrate.

  • Anonymous

    Come on! Stop trolling. There’s only one God whom we all worship in our own ways. He loves us all. He blesses each one of us for the good we do and leads us toward truth as fast as we can run or crawl to it. Bashing religion or lack there of does not advance our love and understanding toward one another.

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    “Our God is your God. Same one in the Holy Bible.”

    No it’s not. Joseph Smith said that your god was not the first god and that he will not be the last, but God said in Isaiah 43:10 “I am He; before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.”

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    “There’s only one God whom we all worship in our own ways. He loves us all”.

    But mormons believe that God was not the first god and that mormons themselves can become gods, but God said in Isaiah 43:10 “”I am He; before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me.”

  • When

    I posted this as a warning for Christians; of course you would see something wrong with it, since the Bible is not your main book. Am I close to the mark?

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  • Nancy

    LOL! What is so secret about Mormonism…Just ask a “Mormon” anything and you will get more answers than you thought to ask questions about. There is nothing so secret anybody couldn’t know for themselves if they are willing to prayerfully seek knowledge… We invite people to know Christ. We believe free agency and quest for knowledge is one of the key tenets of our faith…Obviously this film contains “facts” from a long litany of uninformed hate mongers who quote and misquote other hate mongers. Please share what you believe in love not share what you think others believe in hate….

  • Anonymous

    Waaayyyyy off the mark, I would say. And to insinuate that the Bible ranks lower in importance to us than the Book of Mormon is also way off the mark.

  • Anonymous

    We may believe different things ABOUT God than you do, but we do not worship or pray to a different God.

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    The mormon god was not the first god though, but in the Bible, God said that He is the FIRST and the LAST God and that there in no other….It can’t get more simple than that.

    Also, the fact that Smith has just ONE false prophecy proves that he was a false prophet. Oh, and there were way more than just one false prophecy.

  • Anonymous

    Are you being deliberately obtuse?

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    So all you have to say is that?…It’s easier and better to badmouth me than explain?

  • Mary Elizabeth Wise-Kemmerer

    why is it dangerous..JA

  • Anonymous

    It was a quote from a book–although I did forget to use quotation marks, which was my bad. It was a way of asking if you understood what I was saying. I didn’t call you anything.

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    But according to mormons, the mormon god was not the first god, but in the Bible, God said that He is the FIRST and the LAST God and that there in no other….It can’t get more simple than that.

    Also, the fact that Smith has just ONE false prophecy proves that he was a false prophet. Oh, and there were way more than just one false prophecy.

  • Guest

    Happy to hear you prayed..You now need to find a good Bible believing church in your area. It can be hard to find the right one though.

    You said this was the first time you prayed? I would ask you to open your heart to Jesus and except what He did on the cross. He died to take the sins of the world away. I am not trying to sound odd. I am not a Mormon I am an evangelical Christian that has a personal relationship with God. I will lift you up in prayer friend…

  • Mary Elizabeth Wise-Kemmerer

    “free agency” key “Tenets” what are those. I am not being sarcastic.I am a Christian and do not know much about Mormons…I will do my own reading on the religion but I am just asking…

  • Anonymous

    If you belong to Jesus Christ you are to hold every thought captive to make it obedient to Him. We are also to pray without ceasing. Forget these 40 day challenges and Jewish myths. All this is a repackage of The Purpose Driven Life and various sundry health wealth and prosperity, name it and claim it messages.
    Jesus didn’t come to make bad men good; He came to make dead men live. The effect of this is that men so blessed think rightly and do good.
    An un-prayed prayer is a contradiction and pure nonsense as is a worshipping unbeliever.

  • Mary Elizabeth Wise-Kemmerer

    I have been trying to find ways to word what I wanted to say. This nails it for me…It is all about Jesus Christ who is God..The first and the Last. He died for our sins. My life would be nothing without Him. My savior.

  • Anonymous

    Then you’re not worshiping the same God. God is inseparable from His holy attributes

  • Mary Elizabeth Wise-Kemmerer

    God the Father ,the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one. The Trinity..This is my belief and I believe this is where the discussion is. This is where the difference is.

  • Mary Elizabeth Wise-Kemmerer

    I am reading their page about their beliefs and I see contradictions on their own beliefs..humm

  • Anonymous

    And I can produce other verses that support my position. Back and forth, back and forth, getting nowhere except towards more animosity. I would just ask you to consider this–does someone else having a different view of God change Him? You don’t have to answer, but just think about it.
    If you want to go on hating other people and trolling about their faith, that is your choice, but it is a sad waste of time, imho.

  • Anonymous

    Mormons believe that God gives us the freedom to make our own choices in life. This is what we call ‘free agency.’ “key tenets” just refers to important principles or doctrines.

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    “And I can produce other verses that support my position.”…Then please provide one. PLEASE do. JUST ONE.

    “I would just ask you to consider this–does someone else having a different view of God change Him?”…Your view does because your view is different in more ways than one.

    “If you want to go on hating other people and trolling about their faith, that is your choice, but it is a sad waste of time, imho.”…I’m not trolling. I’m trying to wake mormons up.

  • Anonymous

    which page are you reading?

  • Nancy

    SBrook2515 is correct…more importantly we believe all who have born, those who are on the earth today, and all those who are yet to be born first exercised their free agency in the premortal life while in the pre-existence (the time we lived with our Heavenly Father before we were born) when we chose the Savior’s Plan of Salvation http://www.mormon.org/beliefs/plan-of-salvation

  • marilyn

    I’ have always thought the opposite, that God hates nagging.

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  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    I hope to hear from you soon, SBook2515.

    “And I can produce other verses that support my position.”…Then please provide one, JUST ONE. And only verses from the Bible.

    “I would just ask you to consider this–does someone else having a different view of God change Him?”…Your view does because your view is different in more ways than one.

    “If you want to go on hating other people and trolling about their faith, that is your choice, but it is a sad waste of time, imho.”…I’m not trolling. I’m trying to wake mormons up.

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    I hope to hear from you soon, SBook2515.

    “And I can produce other verses that support my position.”…Then please provide one, JUST ONE. And only verses from the Bible.

    “I would just ask you to consider this–does someone else having a different view of God change Him?”…Your view does because your view is different in more ways than one.

    “If you want to go on hating other people and trolling about their faith, that is your choice, but it is a sad waste of time, imho.”…I’m not trolling. I’m trying to wake mormons up.

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    Nothing to say, SBook2515?….Not surprised.

    “And I can produce other verses that support my position.”…Then please provide one, JUST ONE. And only verses from the Bible.

    “I would just ask you to consider this–does someone else having a different view of God change Him?”…Your view does because your view is different in more ways than one.

    “If you want to go on hating other people and trolling about their faith, that is your choice, but it is a sad waste of time, imho.”…I’m not trolling. I’m trying to wake mormons up.

  • http://www.plunkettproductions.com TheROUSes

    I’m not surprised at all that you didn’t reply, SBook2515. You didn’t because you know you weren’t able to find a single verse in the Bible that supports the mormon belief.

    Even though you weren’t able to find anything to support the mormon belief, you still support the mormon religion….That is very sad. :-(

  • phil

    We often need to make ourselves comfortable with our beliefs. It strengthens us. Baptism at birth is more for the family as the child is sanctified by God till he can make his own cognitive choices. You can not baptise a dead person. Yes God is the all caring all loving God. Unless the individual dies a a child, and later has not made a personal dedication to a relationship with Jesus, Jesus states No man shall get to the father except by me. Not by man speaking for a decedant. When we get man involved as a means for getting to our saviour, we have fallen short and disobeyed. The castholic church believes the pope is a vicar for Christ. The pope and priests have placed themselves in various positions to speak and act for the Lord. It is a mechanical religion based on tradition and ceremony, not the development of a personal relationship with Jesus.