With this new series, I will be giving away a Free Copy of this book, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer, to one of my readers. All you have to do is share the post about this series on Facebook & subscribe to my blog by email. I will draw a winner next week.
This past week I have debated on whether or not I want to do another series here on the blog. I started putting it together, and then I thought that maybe it was too much for my blog- possibly too deep so I set it aside to wait and see. Then as my week progressed, I noticed that I was getting in a funk. I noticed that I didn’t “feel like” writing or reading or studying or really doing anything productive. Now, I hate when I get in these moods. I am a task-oriented person, so doing nothing really bugs me. But at the same time I really didn’t want to work on anything. So instead I went to bed early on Saturday night, still in this funk. And instead of praying like I’d been doing all week, I cried. I didn’t “feel like” praying. I think I was all prayed out. And I think I needed a good cry too maybe. It allowed me to think and process all of my feelings and emotions while I did so.
Sometimes letting our emotions out is a good thing. But also – I don’t know about you – but I’ve also started thinking about everything in spiritual terms. Sure, we all get in a grumpy mood sometimes, but could it be something more than just that? I like to pick up my Fervent book and read through the 10 strategies of the enemy when I’m in moods like this, to see – which one could he be trying to use with me now? And as it turns out – that’s exactly what was happening for me this time. A full week of trust and faith and belief that God will show up and do His thing as always… but then funky mood and a night of tears – not understanding life and what is going on around me… This would cause me to lose my passion if I continued to wallow in these feelings and emotions. Emotions can be good, but they can also be bad if we allow them to overtake us, and we continue to give in to them.
So, while it’s kind of ironic – the series that I was working on and thinking about was a series on the 10 Strategies of the Enemy…. from the book Fervent, by Priscilla Shirer. I use this book SO MUCH now in my personal life when I get in a funk or when I’m feeling worried or fearful or hurt… that I thought – I HAVE to share this with you. And when I debated about not doing so – that it might be TOO MUCH, the enemy was working. Obviously he doesn’t want me to share his strategies and blow his cover. If we start recognizing the work he is doing, he will be way less successful in his missions.
Now… in the words of Emeril Lagasse, “Let’s kick it up a notch!” We’re going to get past “the basics” now of establishing a habit of prayer and take our prayer life to the next level, by recognizing where the enemy is at work and learning how to use our tools (prayer, specifically) to fight him so we can continue in what God has called us to do. We’re going to learn how to pray strategically.
For this series, I will be using this book, Fervent, by Priscilla Shirer. It’s definitely one of my favorite resources, and I highly recommend that you get this book and read it along with me. You are probably going to want to get a paper copy, because if you’re like me- it’s going to be one that you pick up again and again and again to look and see which strategy the enermy is using on you today, and to know how to fight him back. Plus- it’s got cards at the back you can tear out and write your prayer strategies on. It’s a great one!
I will be sharing some insights from the book, kind of as if this were a book club, as well as specific scriptures that you can use to fight the enemy in your life. His attacks on us are highly personal. Many times we feel that the thoughts are our own or that things really are as bad as they seem. We need to recognize that the enemy is at work, and he is working hard to knock us down and keep us there.
So, if you are ready to kick your prayer life up a notch, you should be sure to Subscribe so you don’t miss these posts. There are 10 strategies of the enemy that we will be going through. Not all of them will apply to your life at this very moment, but some of them will, and you won’t want to miss them. And others- I’m sure he will try to use them on you at some point, so it’s best to be ready for those too.
Strategy 1 – Your Passion – Monday, November 20
Strategy 2 – Your Focus – Tuesday, November 21
Strategy 3 – Your Identity – Wednesday, November 22
Strategy 4 – Your Family – Thursday, November 23
Strategy 5 – Your Past – Friday, November 24
Strategy 6 – Your Fears – Monday, November 27
Strategy 7 – Your Purity – Tuesday, November 28
Strategy 8 – Your Pressures – Wednesday, November 29
Strategy 9 – Your Hurts – Thursday, November 30
Strategy 10 – Your Relationships – Friday, December 1
We must be diligent & intentional. We must recognize & cry out against the highly personal attacks being thrown in our direction. No need to fear, but we better be on guard. We better not forget to keep praying with purpose & precision. Go to war. On your knees. In prayer. Fervent prayer.
Fervent – having or displaying a passionate instensity
Are you ready to be Fervent in your prayer life?
Join me in this next-level series on Fervent Prayer.