I realized that I talk about my Jericho Prayers as if everyone knows exactly what I’m talking about. So I figured I’d explain what Jericho Prayers really are, and why I think they’re so powerful [and why I think you should write your own Jericho Prayers too].
Jericho Prayers came from Mark Batterson’s book “The Circle Maker.” No description of mine can do this book justice, but here’s the basis – “God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. God honors bold prayers, because bold prayers honor God.”
Jericho was an impregnable fortress. It was huge. And there was no way the Israelites could conquer this city. No. Way.
But God told Joshua:
“See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark.
On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”
Batterson explains: Every solider in the army had to have wondered why. Why not use a battering ram? Why not scale the walls? Why not cut off the water supply or shoot flaming arrows over the walls? Instead, God told the Israelite army to silently circle the city. And He promised, after they circled thirteen times over seven days, the wall would fall.
God promised that His Promised Land to the Israelites would be theirs. God promised that He had already delivered Jericho into their hands before it even fell. God promised that the walls would fall.
So the Israelites circled the city, and the city fell.
God fulfills His promises. Even impossible ones. So what is your Jericho? What is your impregnable fortress?
I have so many. And they come and go and change depending on the season. So I created a Jericho Wall.
I love finding new “impossible prayers” to pray over. Because my God is bigger than every single one of them.
Every night before I go to bed, I physically circle my written down prayers and pray over them. Sometimes, I’m exhausted so my prayer is literally, “This.” Sometimes, something is heavy on my heart so I kneel before the wall and weep. Sometimes, I’m giddy as I circle.
But the act of literally circling the prayer is powerful. It draws my attention to something I’m fighting for or against. It is something I want God to work in, and I’m willing to fight for it to be answered. So I keep circling until it is fulfilled.
And God hears and answers prayers.
It might look exactly like what you were hoping for. It also might not look like what you wanted at all.
The Lord has answered every single one of my Jericho prayers. Some of them just look a little different than I was expecting.
The coolest unexpected answer to prayer I’ve experienced so far, is when I was praying over the word “Grieve.” I hadn’t been praying over it for too long when one night, as I circled it, I sensed the Lord gently whisper, “Start preparing yourself for him to date someone else.” So I started preparing. And every so often over the next three weeks, I’d sense the Lord continue warning me to “Prepare.” So I kept circling, and I kept preparing.
So when I found out not long after that, and far earlier than he had wanted me or the general public to know, I was hurt, but not blindsided. And because I knew before others, I didn’t have to process it with the rest of the world. I had time to myself with just me and the Lord talking it through.
I cannot give God enough glory for how He answered that Jericho Prayer. Did I want that to be the answer to my prayer? Absolutely not. Was the Lord incredibly gentle and gracious with me, protecting me from something that could’ve been a lot more devastating and painful in the grieving process had I not been warned beforehand? Absolutely.
I think because I was praying over that situation the way I was, the Lord honored my prayers, and protected me in ways I didn’t deserve. He didn’t have to warn me like He did, but He heard the cry of my heart to grieve and be protected, and He answered.
I’ve seen the Lord move mountains with Jericho Prayers. I’ve watched as other people’s hearts have changed in miraculous ways. I’ve felt as my own heart has changed, softened, and grown in unexpected ways. Situations have been changed and restored. And new understandings have come. All as I circle these prayers, seeking Him, and His answers.
I give Him all the glory and praise for His good works for His Kingdom.
When we come before God, He hears us.
So be like the persistent widow. Pray continuously. Be bold. And don’t give up.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”