“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” –Priscilla Shirer, Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer (25).
Sound familiar? Have you ever been overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness and doubt, even when you know that what you believe about God and His Word is true?
The above quote is the opening paragraph to “Strategy 1–Your Passion: Getting It Back When It’s Gone.” In my last post, I shared a brief review of the introduction of Shirer’s book, which you can read here. Today, I’ll review this first strategy.
In this chapter, Shirer explains that our passion is that spark that enables us to keep seeking God and doing the right thing, even in the midst of our busyness and tiredness. Our passion for God will keep us fired up, in the face of opposition or discouragement.
We need to recognize that when our passion is waning, more than likely, we’ve been targeted by the enemy. Without passion, he knows we will be vulnerable and weak.
Shirer shares four points, taken from a passage in 2 Kings, that reveal insight into how to get our passion back. She encourages using promises from God’s Word as a catalyst to boost our faith as we pray.
What I love about this book is the emphasis on God’s Word, not only as revelation for how to get our passion back, but also as the inspiration for our prayers. She includes perforated prayer cards in the back of the book for putting your personal strategy into action.
I believe Fervent is a great tool for those who are struggling to run their race with passion. If you belong to Jesus, you have an enemy who would like nothing more than to keep you busy, tired, and passionless. We don’t have to give in and let the devil win. But we do have to take action to walk in victory. Shirer’s Fervent will help you take that first step.