Fervent: Prayer Strategy for Passion
I'm so excited to kick off this Prayer Strategy series! If you're just joining us and want to purchase the book, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer, you can do so by clicking here. This week we are walking through our first prayer strategy on passion! So what does the word passion mean? The definition of passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion and an intense desire or enthusiasm. It's a powerful and compelling emotion. When I think of the word passion, I think of that feeling you get when you feel fired up and overly enthusiastic about something! (Insert all the praise hands here. ha!) So why is praying for passion important?
In the book, Priscilla points out that prayer is fueled by passion, by faith, and by fire. It's that burning in our hearts, that undeniable drive within our souls, that leads us into fervent prayer. It's passion that makes prayer a priority, even on the busiest of days.
It's our passion, that drive deep within us, that the enemy is working hard to diminish. If you lose your passion to pray and connect with God, you will start losing hope. Losing hope in the power of prayer, losing hope in the midst of your hardships, and losing faith in our one true God. And that my friends, is what Satan is after.
I think passion and priorities go hand-in-hand. When we are passionate about something, it tends to be pretty high on our priority list. We spend more time pursuing our passions. So naturally, Satan wants to weaken our passion for prayer and weaken our passion to pursue Jesus Christ. Because if he can cause us to lose passion in our walk with Jesus, the he can cause our priorities to shift to worldly things.
Before we craft our prayer for passion, I want to encourage you to set aside a specific time each day to pray. Make it a standing appointment that you have with Jesus. It can be so easy to make it through an entire day without even thinking about prayer until you lay your sweet little head down at night. And how many of us tend to drift off to sleep in the middle of a prayer if we've waited until the end of the day to go to Jesus?! Guilty! If we can make prayer a daily priority by having a standing appointment with Him, we're one step closer to seeing our passion for prayer take flame.
Now, let's work to recover and maintain our passion for prayer and for Jesus. To get started, here are some scriptures you might consider adding into your prayer strategy for passion. These scriptures, plus more, are listed in the book on pages 35-37 if you're following along.
- Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalms 51:10
- 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 and 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
- Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. 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 in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
In the book, Priscilla says, "A prayer that's seeking passion should not be about manufacturing a better feeling or jostling up a better mood. It's simply about holding out your open hands -- 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." Hosea 6:3 says "He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth."
Go ahead and grab you Prayer Journal and craft your prayer strategy for PASSION. Remember, if you don't have a journal, you can download this Prayer Journal that I created specifically for this study and use it throughout the series!
Throughout this series, I'll be sharing my prayers with you to serve as inspiration as you work to craft your very own. Please take the time to share your heart with the Lord and write your own heartfelt prayers for each strategy. God knows your heart, and I think you'll find they are much more powerful and intimate when you use your own words. Also, make sure you write them down! Keep your prayers together so you can pull them out and pray specifically during your time with the Lord.
My Prayer Strategy for Passion:
I'm praying for you as you take the time to craft your own prayer on renewing and maintaining your passion for Jesus and prayer! See you next week as we dive into prayer strategy number two on FOCUS!
Rooted in the love of Jesus,
P.S. I would just love to keep in touch with you and get to know you better! If you would love that too, click the button below!