Let’s create a prayer strategy for passion! Join me as we walk though the book of prayer strategies, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer.
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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!
What Is Passion
So what does the word passion mean? 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!
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. And 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 develop your relationship with God, then you start losing hope. And I think Satan wants us to feel hopeless.
Passion And Priorities
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. Satan wants to turn us away from a passion for prayer and a relationship with Jesus Christ.
“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, Priscilla Shirer
Making Time For Prayer
I want to encourage you to try and set aside a specific time each day to pray. 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. I’ve been known to doze off mid prayer. Have you? If we can make prayer a daily priority, we’re one step closer to seeing our passion for prayer take flame.
Creating A Prayer For Your Passion
Consider adding some of these scriptures to your prayer strategy. 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
A Prayer For Passion
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.”
Grab you Prayer Journal and craft your prayer strategy for PASSION. If you don’t have the book, or a journal to use, I created this Fervent Prayer Strategies Journal for you! You can download and print it to create a journal of your own. Simply click here to sign up for my free Downloads of the Heart, digital library. The pages are 5 x 8, so you can staple them together and make a little journal, or trim them down and add them to your current journal or war binder using washi tape!
Want to learn more about war binders? This post What is a war binder and how do I create one? will answer all of your questions!
My Personal Prayer
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 personal 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 God.
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,
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