Pray in Circles!
by Remco Brommet
Many years ago, during the of the Concert of Prayer movement, I learned a simple method for organizing prayer that has been my go-to for daily intercession ever since. We ordered our program around it during citywide Concerts of Prayer, and I’ve used it as a guide for everyday personal prayer as well. You might say it has become the meat and potatoes of my prayer life.
A method of organizing your prayers helps express an ongoing mindset of prayer. What we read in Romans 12:12 is an apt reminder of that: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Wise counsel when you feel beset by quarantine-fatigue, Zoom-fatigue (yep, that’s a word now), and riot-fatigue (that’s not a word, but you know what I mean).
So what’s the method? Praying in concentric circles!
The idea is simple: Do you want to pray for change? For spiritual awakening? For a move of the Holy Spirit? Begin by drawing an imaginary circle around yourself, kneel (or sit) in the middle of it, and ask the Lord for revival to come within that circle. In other words, your own heart and soul.
Then draw another imaginary circle around that one and pray for God to move in your family, immediate and extended.
Then draw yet another circle and ask the Lord for spiritual awakening and revival in your church family. Pray for your pastor and elders, your ministry leaders and fellow congregants.
Circle four represents your city. Ask the Lord to unite the churches in the Spirit and bring spiritual revival and transformation to the communities that make up your city. Pray that through a united, prayerful church God’s light may shine in your city’s government, police and fire services, its schools and business, its art life, and its neighborhoods.
The next circle – five, if you’re counting – represents your state. Repeat what you prayed for in circle four, but then statewide.
Circle six is our nation. Pray for a nationwide revival, for light to triumph over darkness, for the wounds of division to be healed, and for our nation to attain with new and united zeal to its claim of being one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh circle (I love the number 7, don’t you? It signifies completeness!) represents the world. Pray for the advance of the gospel from nation to nation and from continent to continent until the gospel has reached every tribe and nation. Pray for mission endeavors to be strengthened, empowered and provided for, and for persecuted Christians around the world to be strengthened in their faith. And while you’re at it, join me in my daily prayer that God will open doors for the True Identity message in every country!
You could pray like this every day if you have the time, or take one concentric circle a day for seven days. Either way, your prayers, when guided by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26) will be powerful and effective.
And God is pleased when we pray : “The prayer of the upright is His delight.” (Proverbs 15:8 ASV, AMP). That alone should be an incentive to keep praying in circles!