Author, Priscilla Shirer, had collected her grandmother, buckled her into the passenger seat, and embarked on a junk food run for French fries and vanilla milkshakes. Knowing that her grandmother was a faithful prayer warrior with a notebook full of specific requests and written prayers that she added to daily, Priscilla queried, “Why do you write down your prayers in a notebook like that?” She surreptitiously pressed the record button on her iPhone to catch the answer for posterity, certain that her grandmother’s words would be filled with the distilled wisdom of ninety-five years of godly living. It turns out that she was right, but she didn’t need the iPhone. After another fry and a long gulp of her shake, Priscilla’s grandmother opened her mouth and said four words, “So I won’t forget.”
This is the essence of Fervent, a battle plan for waging the “serious, specific, and strategic” battle called prayer. We must not forget that our enemy is formidable, but the “weapons of our warfare are . . . mighty,” according to The Apostle Paul. Fervent‘s ten-point battle plan identifies the hot spots that can either become power-draining, life-long losing battles OR, through prayer, monuments to the powerful presence of God in a praying life.
In every chapter, Priscilla reaches across the table and clasps hands with her reader, sharing how bitterness and lack of forgiveness throttled her own prayer life, how the pressure of urgency leads only to slave-living, and how moral compromise and shame from the past can be thrown off like a wet blanket because God does not live in the past.
Fervent Is a Call to Prayer: Each chapter ends with practical prayer strategies and a treasury of scripture that gives wings to a believer’s desire to enter into a disciplined and fervent prayer life. Connect with Priscilla for additional encouragement in purposeful living through Going Beyond Ministries.
Fervent Is a Practical Push: If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time, so Priscilla Shirer calls her readers to war, and then provides the strategy and the tools. Perforated cards in the back of the book can be removed for recording requests and reminders, keeping them visible and ready-to-engage. Like much of the Christian life, prayer is enhanced when it is practiced in a community that offers accountability and support. Think of it as an army and deploy all forces.
After all, “victories don’t happen by accident.”
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