Fervent Prayer: Your Passion

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.
Lamentations 3:22-23

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.
Jeremiah 29:12-13

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

Fervent Prayer (The Next Level)

**GIVEAWAY**

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 know it says “A Woman’s Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer”, but I really think it will apply to men too if you are joining us. 😉

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.