Strategy 1: Your Passion (pages 25-38)
“We think the reason we’ve stopped praying is because — ‘oh, we just don’t feel like it anymore.’ And sure — maybe, maybe that’s the way it really it is. But possibly, possibly this lack of feeling is a clue that the enemy’s strategy has begun to take effect. He’s worked you down enough until you can’t seem to muster up the will to fight back, to keep believing for and praying . . .” (Fervent, page 30).
What if Satan’s end game is to eradicate passion for prayer in our lives? What if he wants to over-schedule us and out-tire us so that thinking about adding prayer into our calendars feels impossible and impractical?
What if he knows that simply being willing to pray is the beginning of seeing change in our lives?
What if he knows that there is a sword available to us, a weapon that nothing in hell can prevail against, and all he has to do is convince us it’s too heavy to pick up, too inconvenient, too boring.
Because if he could do that, if Satan could strip us of our interest, our hope, our enthusiasm, he can short-circuit any prayers before they even begin.
I know because I’ve been about to pray when I’ve remembered the laundry and the piles of bills I haven’t dealt with and the babysitter I forgot to call back and the homework form I didn’t sign yet and in a moment all possible passion in me is drained away by the drudgery of simply getting through another day.
I can’t afford to believe that lie any more. I can’t afford to let my days slip by on auto pilot as if I have no way to affect changes in the outcome.
No more. I want the strategy of passion in my life. I want to reclaim the promise of passion and launch passionate prayers against the enemy. And as Priscilla points out, passion doesn’t mean our prayers have to be loud or shouty (although, why not, eh?). She says that, “Prayer can be silent and seethe with passion.”
I LOVE that. I love that some days simply showing up regularly, daily, routinely to pray is a sign of our passion.
We can all begin there.
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For Monday, read Strategy 2: Your Focus (pages 39-54)
If you feel comfortable, share some of the strategies you wrote down on your prayer cards (you can download them here if you need more). Or if you’d rather not share specifics, let us know know if you focused on “maintain” or “regain.”