In Priscilla Shirer's latest book, Fervent, women can gain the biblical wisdom and practical help they need to engage in passionate and purposeful prayer. Prayer seems to be the last resort for so many in our comfortable, American culture. But Priscilla does a wonderful job of giving a solid theological viewpoint on what prayer is and why we pray. She recognizes the battle we are in, the enemy we have, and the best, most under utilized, weapon to use.
She goes through every area of a woman's life and targets how and why the enemy attacks. Priscilla does a great job of reminding you of the spiritual battle you are in and what is at stake, but also provides numerous Scripture passages that reveal the promises of God so that you walk into the spiritual battle standing firmly on faith.
There are 10 strategies you walk through in Fervent:
As Priscilla takes you through each one, she starts off taking a look at the enemy's mindset and his destructive plans for you. Once you see a bit of the enemy's tactics, you can dive into what to do about it and how his destructive plans wage war on the Lord's perfect and good ways. She eloquently and clearly talks through why prayer is necessary in each of these areas of life. She helps you establish your plan for prayer. Priscilla then gives a "Call to Prayer" at the end of each chapter where she lists several verses for you to pray through and meditate on. I love how she leads you to action. And at the end of the book there are pages for notes as well as tear-out cards to use for your own prayer strategy. I fell more in love with the Lord as I was reminded of His great faithfulness and good omnipotence. His grace and mercy, love and justice are shown throughout the book in the truths talked about.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Priscilla Shirer's Fervent:
"Through intentional, deliberate, strategic prayer, you grab hold of Jesus and of everything He's already done on your behalf. ...In prayer you gain your strength-the power to gird yourself with armor that extinguishes every weapon your enemy wields." (page 12)
One of the greatest takeaways I had was that when we pray for our children, we are "participating mightily with God in their future, their provision, or their rescue" (page 86). In prayer I'm not performing for God, I'm participating with God. And that provides me with so much comfort and hope. It reminds me that engaging with God in prayer does indeed have great, lasting, generational effects. Prayer is needed. Prayer matters. Prayer matters greatly, for the here and now and for eternity.
This book definitely helped me see the need to engage in prayer more often and more strategically. I loved this and will recommend it to many ladies in my life.
And I'm giving away a copy! (Thank you to B & H Publishing!) To enter to win a copy of Fervent, just leave a comment here below about which of the 10 strategies excites you the most to read. The winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, January 6th 2016 and will be notified via email. Thanks for reading and participating!
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*Disclaimer: I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.*
Sarah loves Jesus and her family and is passionate about addressing the urgent spiritual and physical needs around the world. She is the wife of Spencer and mama of Katherine and Claire, and they live in Nashville, TN. She runs a photography business with her husband and writes in order to offer encouragement and invite others to choose grace, joy, and gratitude in the adventure and the mundane. She loves traveling and reading; she will choose unsweet tea over sweet and bootcut jeans over skinny; and she is all sorts of awkward with small talk but thrives with deep conversations.