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FERVENT: This Means War & Opening in Prayer, Week 1 {Book Club Thursdays}

FerventWelcome to Book Club Thursdays!

We’re jumping into the topic of prayer as we read through Priscilla Shirer’s newly released book, Fervent, A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer.

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Week 1: This Means War & Opening In Prayer

Although prayer is a normal part of my life, in the last 5 years, I’ve had to learn how to dig in deeper. I suppose when you go through difficult times (a house fire, 4 hospitalizations, layoffs, and so much more!), you quickly learn how much you need God. You learn how weak and incapable you are in your own strength, and you realize that apart from God you can do nothing.

I’m not sure what difficulty you’re facing. However, if you’re here, I’m sure you’re looking for a solution, or at least a moment to breathe. Because life gets super stuffy when we’re in our pain and heartache. It gets difficult to navigate every-day-ordinary when anxiety, fear, doubt, and worry are trying to snuff the hope out of you. Though you will not find your solution here. I point you to the One who has all the answers. Jesus! With that understanding, let’s dig in, shall we?!

Your Adversary Has A Strategy

There’s one  who “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 calls him your “adversary the devil.” Call him what you may–opponent, rival, enemy, antagonist, combatant, challenger, contender– he’s in it for the win. He has already laid out the strategy on how He will take you down.

Jesus Has The Victory

Here’s the thing. Jesus has already won this war!


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The devil has been rendered powerless and prayer is Jesus’ invitation to you, “the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth.” But we’re not talking about careless prayers used to check off our religious boxes. Rather, we’re talking about entering into true fellowship and communion with our Lord, Jesus Christ, and in the wisdom, strength, and power of the Holy Spirit create “a battle plan for serious, specific, and strategic prayer”.

Precision Is Key

We’re tired of missing the mark when it comes to prayer. We’re tired of missing what God’s intended, and settling for what we’ve experienced thus far. We’re exhausted by the launching of the same old prayers without any noticeable change.

“Praying with precision is key! When we pray about the places where we seriously suspect the enemy is at work–that’s how we keep our prayers focused, not only on particular situations but on biblical truths that are consistent with maintaining victory in the midst of them… It’s how we keep our whole selves engaged and alert, trusting God for the right things, confident He’s giving them, able to sense His direction about what to do and then to take action accordingly.”

Yeah, we’re in battle, for sure! An all out war has been launched against your soul. Prayer is a potent weapon God’s given us to fight this war. In the words of K. Thomas, “Units of prayer combined, like drops of water, make an ocean which defies resistance.”

Time For A Strategy

The devil has a strategy. It’s time we got one, too. We’re not entering into this war empty-handed, and we’re not shooting arrows casually and carelessly. That’s what FERVENT is about. In our time together, we’re going to get our marching orders. Throughout the next weeks, we’ll take a closer look at what that looks like.

Opening In Prayer

[The enemy] laughs at your attempts to fix your own issues with timely words and handwork–tactics that might affect matters for a moment but can’t begin to touch his underhanded, cunning efforts down where the root issues lie, or up in those spiritual “heavenly places” where such physical weapons were never meant to work…So we strap on weapons that work–weapons divinely authorized for our success in spiritual warfare: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of peace. Then we take up the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, as well as the sword–the very Word of God. But we don’t stop there…”

Ephesians 6: 18 tells us we should be “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit”. Understanding this will help us stay alert to the devices of the enemy to keep us from getting on our knees. It will empower us and motivate us to be diligent in our prayer time. And it will help equip us with the proper arsenal for each specific weapon launched at us.

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Fervent prayer begins here–declaring the war and opening up to the Lord in prayer. As we go through this book, we’ll be uncovering the strategies the enemy is working against your passion, your focus, your identity, your family, your confidence, your calling, your purity, your rest and contentment, your heart, and your relationships. But we won’t stop there. We’ll create a battle plan for serious, specific, and strategic prayer.

Want to dig in a little deeper within the privacy of a group? Sign up for our Book Club Thursday Newsletter and grab your link to our private Facebook group. We’ll be working through these chapters together. Then meet me here next week when we’ll continue digging into Strategy 1: Your Passion & Strategy 2: Your Focus.

Standing and interceding with you,

-Darlene

Thoughts To Ponder

♥Note: We’ve barely hit the surface here. Discussion questions will serve you best after reading the week’s chapter. 

1.) Have you stopped to ponder that there is a strategy AGAINST you? How does that change the way you want to move forward?

2.) Is the concept of developing a “battle plan for serious, specific, and strategic prayer”  a new concept for you.

*All quotes taken from Priscilla Shirer’s, FERVENT Book, unless otherwise noted. 
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