Fervent Book Study Introduction
Looking back, I find it interesting how I never stopped believing in the power of prayer even when I felt I wasn’t worthy to bring petitions before God myself. I would call my Mom and ask her to pray about a sick friend or whatever was troubling me at the moment. It was a dark time in my life. Feeling the pain of being hurt by the church body will do that to a person. What a difference a decade or more can do to heal the soul. Mercy. Grace. Time.
“This Means War” & “Opening in Prayer” (pages 1-24)
As I read through the introductory chapters, “This Means War” and “Opening in Prayer,” I promised myself this time I would do the work. You see, I’ve read the book and I’ve seen the movie (War Room); I knew the moment I took out my pens, highlighters and journal, there would be no turning back. I’m ready to tear the prayer cards from the back of my book and put them to use. Are you as excited as I am?
This week is all about mindset, getting your game face on, and setting yourself up for battle. Priscilla said it so well on page 8: “At the end of the day, the enemy is going to be sorry he ever messed with you. You’re about to become his worst nightmare a million times over.” I imagine you too have snickered when seeing a little plaque or Facebook meme stating, “Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor the devil says oh crap she’s up!” Brace yourself, you are going to be that woman.
When things are not going well, prayers come out in spurts. Thoughts are broken and interrupted by emotions and life in general. How would things look if you actually had a plan? What if you knew which Scripture to use in your prayer strategy because nothing is more powerful than God’s own Word?
Otherwise our prayers might come across like this:
“If all we’re doing is flinging words and emotions in all directions without any real consideration for the specific ways the enemy is targeting us and the promises of God that apply to us, we’re mostly just wasting our time. We’re adding to the confusion while not really making a noticeable dent in the problem or the process. We’re fighting to keep our heads above water, yet feeling pretty sure on most days we’re fighting a losing battle,” (Fervent, 4).
Don’t you think it’s time to be more specific in your prayer life? By acknowledging the significance of prayer and beginning to take these active steps for a strategy, you are on your way.
I’m going to give you two things to think about and answer within the next week.
- Do you overestimate Satan’s influence and power, living with an inflated, erroneous perspective of his abilities? Do you underestimate Satan by not assigning him any credit at all for the difficulties he’s stirring up beneath the surface in your life? Which of these categories do you fall into or lean toward? Either? Explain.
- Which of the ten strategies Priscilla lists on pages 15-17 do you feel you most need in your life right now? I’d have to say I am torn between 4, 5, and 6 at present. Let me know your answer in the comments!
For Monday, read Strategy 1: Your Passion (pages 25-38)
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