One of my goals in life is to be a prayer warrior, fervent in prayer. Yet lately I have felt a reluctance to pray, my usual set aside time was getting sucked back into other things. I felt a need to finish up quickly and get on to those other things. So like I often do, when having some kind of problem, I started looking around for a book where the author had experienced something similar and perhaps had some suggestions I could implement. I started reading:
Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer
Fervant, written by Priscilla Shirer, is more than a book about prayer, its actually a work book to plan very specific prayers that align with God's plan. I am working through a chapter on getting my passion for prayer back when its gone. The perfect chapter for me! "Fervent prayer is fueled by passion. By faith. By fire." As my fire and passion have seemed lower, my focus has shifted towards myself and the general not-enoughedness of being me. I need to let my weakness point me back to God's grace and His strength.
I am creating a specific prayer after reading these words:
"The presence of passion, faith and belief in our hearts is a gift...instead of feeling guilty - personally responsible - whenever your passion in prayer is weak or missing, realize instead that it is God's work both to give it and then to fan it into flame inside you. Which means you cannot manufacture it on your own. So go to Him to get it back."