create a prayer strategy for your past
Have you put together your prayer strategy for your family? I hope so! This week we are moving on to creating a Prayer Strategy for your past! If you’re just joining us, come on in! We’re working through the book, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. If you want to purchase the book you can do so through this affiliate link by clicking here.
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We all have a past
Maybe it’s a past you’re not proud of and wish you could wipe clean. It could have been a decision you made or didn’t make. Or a tragedy you can’t seem to move past. Regardless of what it is, we all have a past. And sometimes, our past can make it difficult to live in the present, in the way God intends for us to live.
“If I were your enemy, I’d constantly remind you of your past mistakes and poor choices. I’d want to keep you burdened by shame and guilt, in hopes that you’ll feel incapacitated by your failings and see no point in even trying again. I’d work to convince you that you’ve had your chance and blown it — that your God may be able to forgive some people for some things, but not you….not for this. ”— Fervent By Priscilla Shirer
Letting go of the past
Dealing with regret, guilt, or shame from our past is so hard. And it can be so hard to actually let it go, because the enemy is constantly trying to bring it back to the surface. Satan wants to keep us in bondage to our sin, because it hinders our relationship with God. We need to be able to repent of our sins and fully lay them at the feet of Jesus Christ. God does not want us carrying around the burdens of our past. His grace and His mercy are enough. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” He is making all things new. (Rev. 21:5)
“One of the qualities that makes the gospel so real and so great is that it doesn’t eliminate our past but just so thoroughly deals with it. God forgives it. He changes it. He transforms all that mess into his huge mountain of grace that only takes us higher and closer to Him. So now instead of being a reason for endless shame, guilt, and regret, our past is a reason for endless worship and free-flowing testimony. And for continual, grateful, heartfelt prayer. ”— Fervent By Priscilla Shirer
with each new day, another day passes
And as sinners we will continue to make mistakes we aren’t proud of; decisions we might regret. Heartfelt, fervent prayer is how we can start each day with a clean slate. Lametations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Isn’t God so incredibly gracious and loving toward us? We will never deserve His love, but He so generously pours it out onto us anyway. There is no greater love.
Create a prayer strategy for your past
Are you ready to pray fervently and create a prayer strategy for your past? Consider adding a few of the following scriptures to your prayer strategy for your past. If you’re following along in the book you can find these scriptures, plus more, on pages 102-103.
- Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV)
- Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:4-5 (ESV)
- My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)
Go ahead and grab your Heartfelt Prayers Journal and craft your prayer strategy for your PAST. 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!
My personal prayer
I’m sharing my prayers with you to serve as inspiration as you work to write your own! Here is the prayer strategy I wrote in my war binder for my past.
I’m praying for you as you work to craft a prayer for your past. See you next week as we dive into prayer strategy number six on our FEARS.
Rooted in the love of Jesus,