Glenn talks to Pastor Mark Batterson about a new 40 day and 40 night challenge

If you are a regular listener, you may have heard Glenn credit Pastor Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, with changing his life. On Wednesday’s Glenn Beck Program, Batterson joined Glenn to discuss the idea of “circling” – or consistently praying until God’s will is accomplished – and why he felt compelled to write this book. Batterson also called into this morning’s radio program, and Glenn encouraged his listeners to consider reading the book and joining him in a 40 Day and 40 Night Challenge.

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The Circle Maker was published two years ago, but Glenn discovered the book more recently. He asked Batterson to elaborate on what prompted him to write the book.

“So you put this book out two years ago, and I can tell by the way you wrote it, you didn’t have any idea this would be a big book,” Glenn said. “You felt compelled to write it, and you have seen people change from this.”

“It’s been remarkable to hear the stories,” Batterson said. “I think part of it is, you know, is there anybody who feels like they pray too much? Is there anybody who feels they pray too effectively? No one bats 1,000… Those who don’t even profess to believe in God have asked me to pray for them. And so I have begun to hear those stories of the way that people are praying: Teachers circling classrooms. Doctors circling hospitals… I was doing an NFL chapel, and the coach pulled me aside said, ‘I circle the stadium before every home game.’ I have had several members of Congress say, ‘We are circling the Capitol in prayer.’ That’s exactly what we need to do.”

Batterson cautioned, however, that we must be careful to not equate physically circling something with prayer.

“It is not just about physically circling something,” he explained. “Thousands of times I pray Luke 52 for my kids: Grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. That’s how I circle my kids, with that prayer. As they grow, it is so fun, then, to see how God answers those prayers.”

Glenn once again thanked Batterson for writing the book and speaking so openly about prayer. In the aftermath of the 2010 Restoring Honor Rally, Glenn asked the audience to join him in a 40 Day and 40 Night Challenge that served as a blueprint for national survival. This morning, Glenn asked his listeners to consider another challenge.

“I urge you to get The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson… and look at God a different way,” Glenn concluded. “We’ll talk again in a couple of weeks, and I will just ask you to join me in doing a 40-day challenge. And let’s just change the way we think and change the way we behave and be far better people than we are today.”

  • The Blue Tail Gadfly

    Glenn has been promoting the New Age Movement for quite some time. Do not be deceived by the heretical nonsense he peddles. Go to the Holy Bible for answers, not some book based on a fable about “Honi, the Circle Maker” who was neither a prophet or in the Scriptures.

    Beware the people who want you to look at God in a different way then what is in the Bible.

    Galatians 1:

    6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you [c]by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel [d]contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be [e]accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel [f]contrary to what you received, he is to be [g]accursed!

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Luke 52? That’s a new one Luke 2:49-52
    And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart. Luke 2:49-52
    And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” 50 And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. 51 And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.

    52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.
    ESV

  • Anonymous

    Luke 2:39-40
    when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.
    ESV
    This is verse speaks of Jesus, not common fallen people. Elsewhere in scripture it criticizes seeking the favor of men. Seeking the favor of men is contrary to seeking the favor of God. Our favor rests solely on the righteousness of Christ.

  • Liberty For All

    Glenn, you’re loosing me. You’ve been doing great work to move mankind toward freedom and liberty, and I’ve followed you since Fox, and on to your own network.

    I get that you’re a sensitive guy, and following your “feelings”, and intuition, but I think you’ve come to a point of understanding, where you know something is there, some logic or science in the universe behind all that you talk about, but cannot put the puzzle together any farther, and have decided to jump off the science train, and take the path of “faith” and “belief”.

    The problem with belief is, if there is only belief, than all arguments are equal….including the so called regressive’s belief in central control. Now all you have is a battle of beliefs…with feel good reasons…and what’s “right”. This is right where the regressives want you. In the battle for feelings.

    I fully understand the answers you seek, and can only tell you they can be demonstrated and made self evident as natural law, using simple physical demonstrations, without jumping to beliefs.

    You mentioned you were studying Einstein and relativity. There you will find the scientific answers to things you know to be true in the universe. When you find them, the argument is no longer is about beliefs….but rather, what can be shown to be “true”, by demonstration, and further, the physical consequence of what happens in nature, when we work for or against the law of nature — and yes, why.

    Have you considered the many times you used physical metaphors on your chalk board such as bridges and whatnot to explain concepts? Because it’s all right there in front of you. Relativity, right now is calculating your weight, your worth, and your salary, and the value of money itself, the angle of your roof on your house, and the economic success or failure of an economy, just as its calculating, right now, the economic success of a desert plain or tropical forest….it’s all a calculation and determined by the same law.

    This is not to reject the notion of God, but to come to a greater understanding if you prefer, that God did not create the universe, but rather, God is in the process of creating the universe. Meaning, the rules are all baked into the cake already, but the cake is not done baking, and over time, is in the process of perfecting.

    The point being, that “belief” in God makes no difference either way when it comes to cause and effect in the universe. It is absolute, by God’s own creation if you prefer to believe that. But either way, it is to our advantage to know and understand cause and effect in the universe — and “relative physical consequence”. It’s here you begin to understand how energy moves, in space and time…and the “why” you are always talking about, and will lead you to a much more profound understanding of freedom and liberty, and the relative physical consequence of these things.

    For instance, take a point in human history, when mankind was most free. That would be the founding of the United States of America and the Constitution. What was the relative physical consequence of that social organization which was based on an individual’s energy to move free and associate with other individuals? Only the most productive in mankind’s history. Why? It was the consequence of cause and effect of energy to move free, in space and time, governed by relativity and the law of conservation of energy, all made self evident by doing some simple math.

    And what is productivity, but re-creation. Glenn, if you want to connect all the dots, by demonstration, this is where you need to go, and let the regressives hang on to feel good beliefs as their only argument. You need physical facts. You need science. It really is about time mankind figured this out.

  • Anonymous

    Forget the Circle Maker and read a Bible.

  • SD

    I take it none of you has read “The Circle Maker.” If you had, you would know that it is based 100% on the Bible. Please do not speak as experts when you have nothing to base it on, but your false and uninformed impressions. This is the BEST prayer book I’ve I’ve ever read. I’m a conservative Christian who believes the Bible is 100% truth. I believe in Jesus Christ. He is my Savior. This book has changed me and my life. I have over 80 books on Christian, Bible-based prayer and this is by far the best.

    If you want truth, read the book before you criticize. Thank you kindly.

    Mr. Glenn, I’ll join you for your 40-day journey and challenge! This makes it far more of an honor to continue following you and stand with you. I’ve followed you for years–and this cements your heart in my book. thank you.

  • Guest

    The Circle Maker was a wonderful book. Mark Batterson is a pastor who thinks outside the box, and I found nothing “New Age” about this book at all. I enjoyed it, but it also goes WAY more in depth with its Scriptural information than the mere story of the Circle Maker of legend. It started with a story Mr. Batterson heard, and then he investigated Scripture. Many should read it. I enjoyed it and learned from it. And as far as praying over our kids, we should ALL be doing it more, no matter what Scripture God lays on your heart to pray.

  • Emily

    The Circle Maker was a wonderful book. Mark Batterson is a pastor who thinks outside the box, and I found nothing “New Age” about this book at all. I enjoyed it, but it also goes WAY more in depth with its Scriptural information than the mere story of the Circle Maker of legend. It started with a story Mr. Batterson heard, and then he investigated Scripture. Many should read it. I enjoyed it and learned from it. And as far as praying over our kids, we should ALL be doing it more, no matter what Scripture God lays on your heart to pray.

  • Yardz Greene

    The morality and liberty of a free country run contrary to the subjective notions of “society’s interests” put forth by collectivist quacks.