I’m doing something I’ve never done before on this blog. I have the opportunity to do a book review. I love books. And giving my opinion about anything is becoming easier all the time. Put the two together and today this is what I offer. Please let me know what you think of this new venture. Your thoughts and words matter to me. And be sure to read the Notes at the end.
Prayer has always been rather mysterious to me. How does it work? How can I do it right or do it better? Are there secrets to praying well? What shall I ask for and when can I expect answers?
I’ve studied it and read books about it in hopes of becoming a more efficient pray-er.
There were a lot of years I felt I didn’t pray enough or just didn’t do a good job of it. As a result, I often let prayer sit on the sidelines.
After seeing War Room, I was challenged to be more specific and pray with intention because life is a battle. I needed to recognize the conflict and get in the fight. On my knees. In prayer.
Enter, Fervent, a book by Priscilla Shirer. I first heard about the book around the table with a group of friends. Several of them shared their excitement about Fervent. And within the week, the book was in my hands.
I’ve done Bible studies written by Ms. Shirer, but there is something different about this book. She begins fiercely, determined to make her readers aware we have an enemy and he fights dirty. Deceptively. With intent to defeat badly.
The book is crafted to open our eyes to the devil’s lies and to reveal Scripture’s contrasting truth.
Fervent aims at specific areas of our lives where the enemy of our souls targets us: our Passion, Focus, Identity, Family, Past, Fears, Purity, and Pressures.
Within each chapter, Shirer reveals tactics used to deceive us. Then she shines Scriptural light and a way to fight back. She ends each chapter with a list of specific Bible verses to help us wage war against the powers of this dark world. Then she encourages her readers to write down prayer points on tear-out cards in the back of the book. To keep in front of our eyes. So we don’t forget.
This book inspires me to be bold and courageous in my prayers. To pray Scripture prayers. To pray against the powers of this present darkness, to recognize who I am in Christ Jesus, and to proclaim out loud the great and precious promises of God in Christ for me and for those I love.
If you have been beaten down and bruised in the battle of this life, if you are tired of being defeated, if you find yourself in a tug of war with family, at your workplace, in your area of ministry, or your ever-busy schedule, then you need a new strategy.
We must recognize who the real enemy is and fight him instead of everyone and everything else. This is not shadow boxing. This is war. And it is waged in the prayer closet.
While the book is addressed to women, it applies equally to the battle men fight daily. Prayer is non-sexist and offers equal opportunity for all.
Get the book. Read it. Plan your strategy. Pray. And fight the good fight of faith.
* This is not the usual blog post here at Strengthened by Grace. I received a copy of the book Fervent, provided by B&H Publishing, for an honest review. The book was free. The words are my very own.
* * B&H Publishing provided me the opportunity to give away a free copy of Fervent to my readers, and I am excited about that. I’d love to get a copy of it into your hands.
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War Room was such a powerful, powerful film. I, too, walked away from it realizing that my prayer life is far from being “hot.” I have always been one to focus on knowing God through His Word, but I realize, too, that it is also important to know God through prayer, and to fight our battles on our knees. What a powerful weapon we have at our disposal that we rarely use!
For those of us who like to write, one thing I have found helpful is a prayer journal. I started it several years ago, and whenever I feel burdened to pour out my heart to God, I like to pull out that journal and just let my thoughts flow. And often I find encouragement as I go back and read my prayers from months or years past. Maybe someone else would like to give it a try – I highly recommend it.
Thank you for your comment jesusjewel96. I also like to journal and sometime write out my prayers to God. Reading back through them is a good way to remember how God moves on our behalf.
I like the word…Fervent… it is a word that says…Fight with all your might…Speak the name of Jesus out loud and protect those we love from the evil of the dark one… Give him back with the message…I have Christ on my side… and with HIM I have no fear!…
No fear! I’ve been praying that as I fight against my enemy, Marilyn. Fear is one of his tactics against us. But there is no fear in God’s perfect love. Thanks for being a loyal follower of my blog and for your comments.
What a gift to read your words about this book. I can tell that you appreciated its truth! It’s in my pile too, and with all the B&H bloggers reviewing it, I’m becoming more and more eager to read it!
Thank you for your comment Michele. You may want to move Fervent to the top of your stack of books to read. It’s well worth it.
It sounds as if you are correct — and it’s getting closer to the top every day!
My prayers need improvement. I need improvement. I seem to get distracted during praying and my mind drifts. It’s my biggest struggle with prayer, staying focused.
Thanks for your comment, MaRanda. We all struggle at times. Love you.
Struggling, weary, praying in need of fresh insight and wisdom. Thank you for sharing Peggy. Will check it out.
Thank you for your comment, Pam. I am praying for you.
This book sounds like just what I need to further my prayer life. The movie “War Room” challenged my heart to be committed to a specific daily prayer life. I have always believed in pray, but never set a specific time, always at bedtime, but now I start my day with Bible reading and prayer. Whether I get a “free” book or not, this is one I will need to read.
Thank you for your comment, Marsha. Starting the day with Bible reading and prayer is the best beginning.
What a wonderful review. Yes, like you I have always wanted to learn how to pray better. It sounds like this is the perfect book to assist in this. I think Satan has more influence on us than we realize. He’s sneaky and is not to be trusted. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for your comment, Katrina. And yes, we do need to be more aware of our enemy and know his strategy so we can fight back.