Sermon Notes

Draw the Circle

Think Long

Joshua 4


  • Keep praying, keep circling.
  • Journal what God has done in your life.

“the shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory.”

Think Long

  • Our prayers do not have an expiration date,
  • They can have an impact of future generations
  • They remain before God’s throne (Rev. 5:8)

Think Long:  The prayer of Jesus (John 17)

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will

believe in me through their message”.

Think Long: The prayer of Cornelius (Acts 10)

‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up

as a memorial offering before God’” (v.4 NIV)

  • God will remember our prayers long after we forget them.

Think Long: Zechariah and Elizabeth (Luke 1)

But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah;

your prayer has been heard. (v. 13)

Think Long:  A Generational View

  • Caleb (Joshua 14:6,12)
  • Jehoram (2 Kings 8:18)
  • God remembers our prayers, but He forgets our sin (Ps. 103:12, Jer. 31:34)

Think Long: The Ripple Effect

One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
(Ps. 145:4)

  • When God acts, we declare. (Psalm 78:4-7)

Think Long:  We forget

  • The prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus — how the brain forgets on purpose.

(Science Daily, 9/7/18)

 We often remember the things we should forget and forget the things we should remember Mark Batterson 

Think Long:  Stones of Remembrance (Joshua 4)

  • We think that what God does for us is for us only. But it is also for the next generation.

Joshua said, “In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD”

 Write something God has done in your life as an answer to prayer.