This is The next level series on Fervent Prayer. We are using the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer, and I highly recommend you purchase it as a resource. You’re probably going to want a paper copy, because it’s one you will pull out again and again if you’re like me. We are going through the 10 most common strategies the enemy uses in our lives, and we are going to learn how to strategically pray so that we can combat those dealings in our lives. This is a deeper series that the previous one we went through. It’s spiritual warfare. Are you ready to go to war on this?
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He seeks to dim your whole desire for prayer, dull your interest in spiritual things, and downplay the potency of your most strategic weapons. (Eph. 6:10-20)
Your Passion… Getting it Back When It’s Gone.
I think this is one that has applied to all of us at one time or another. It tried to creep in with me last week. I didn’t feel like praying anymore. I was done. But then I recognized that feeling. I picked up this book and began to pray my prayer strategy, and I overcame that one.
If I were your enemy, I’d seek to dim your passion, dull your interest in spiritual things, dampen your belief in God’s ability and His personal concern for you, and convince you that the hope you’ve lost is never coming back – and was probably just a lie to begin with.
Fervent prayer is fueled by passion.
By faith. By fire.
Passion is your cutting edge.
Passion glows red-hot.
Passion goes on driving.
Passion grows even larger, the larger the obstacles become.
It’s the fuel in the engine of your purpose.
It’s your “want-to”.
It’s what keeps you going when mundane tasks bore you or difficult ones dissuade you. Passion is what keeps you moving in the direction your best intentions want you to go.
I’d weaken your passion, your cutting edge – knowing full well that weak, impotent prayers (or better yet, prayerlessness) would follow right behind.
So take a long hard look at yourself and answer this question: Have you lost your passion?
Let’s start here. Praying for this. To recover and maintain your passion. To regain and sustain your cutting edge.
Praying – reaching outward and upward to Him – is the way His passion comes down. Even prayers that begin with the blunt edge of willpower, dragging your heart along kicking and screaming, can soon begin to shine with the cutting edge of hope, faith, and passionate confidence in Christ. You’re going to be praying deliberate prayers. Prayers that are personalized and devastating as the enemy’s attacks against you. Strategic prayers. Powerful prayers. Prayers that tell the enemy his cover has been blown, his number has come up, and his game is done. Prayers built on the promises of God that entreat Him to give you back what He was responsible for giving you in the first place. A prayer that’s seeking passion should not be about manufacturing a better feeling or jostling up a better mood. It’s simply holding your hands open – in thanksgiving first, in gratitude for God’s faithfulness and His goodness and His assured, accomplished victory over the enemy. Then asking. Asking for what He already wants to give you. Then waiting (expecting) to receive the promise of newness and freshness from His Spirit as you go along, more each day.
Take some of these promises and scriptures and form them into your own personal prayer strategy… a prayer you can pull out, read, and pray when you feel you are losing your passion and zeal.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
The Lord’s lovingkindness indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:7
Call upon Me and come a pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
The Lord your God will circumcize your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, so that you may live. Deuteronomy 30:6
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strenth. Mark 12:30
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:34
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekial 36:26