February 2, 2017 we finish Anything
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Our next book:
"Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World"
by Joanna Weaver
begins February 9, 2017
Weeks ago we began a journey to gain a deeper understanding of how prayer works, and to practice tools that lead us into VICTORY over the enemy's plans. We know now how to pray with power and effectiveness!
Here are a few of my 'take-aways':
In the Introduction Priscilla writes about the plots of the enemy that can exist in the background of our life. Is every challenge from the enemy? NO. But we cannot ignore that possibility because Jesus taught, 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy..." [emphasis mine] John 10.10a.
Priscilla writes, "He [the enemy] want to see you passionless, powerless, and prayerless." p 14. So my number one take-away is: BE CONNECTED PASSIONATELY WITH GOD AND HIS WORD. REMEMBER TO KEEP MY EYES OPEN. REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR MYSELF, MY RELATIONSHIPS, AND FOR OTHERS.
So how does that passionate connection and fervent prayer happen? In the chapter, Your Focus, Priscilla talks about the "full armor of God," Ephesians 6.14-17. "The needed weapons and protection for actively defeating the real enemy (vv. 14-17) --- the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of gospel peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation , and the sword of the spirit, better known as the Word of God." [emphasis mine]
She writes: "Truth is God's standard. ... the benchmark of the Bible. Righteousness means right living --- the process by which we apply this truth to our lives... Peace is the deep, inner, eternal stability ... by virtue of relationship with Jesus... Faith is the application of what one believes... Salvation is both our eternal security ... as well as the full inheritance, [and finally] The Word of God is His present, relevant, personal Word for us today." What does all this mean?
RELATIONSHIP with Jesus and the Word equips me with power to defeat the enemy's plots!
The book then focuses on a number of areas in our life. Each chapter offers us the opportunity to look more closely at our circumstances, reactions, relationships, hopes and dreams, and to recognize flaws and areas where we might be vulnerable. There are chapters that were more relevant to me than others, perhaps it was the same for you...
This book is a 'primer,' a beginning place for understanding the HUGE POWER within prayer... and how to get to that place where your prayers CAN EFFECT CHANGE ~ not just in your life, but in the lives of all those you love and pray for.
You can leave your thoughts about the book or prayer by clicking the "Comments" button below. What did Fervent mean to you?
Do you believe in prayer’s power? Do you have times when you NEED to pray - and you try, but you feel like there’s so much more. If you only knew how...
Priscilla Shirer, a teacher of the Word and recent female-lead in the movie, War Room, has written a book inspired by the same movie. The book is entitled: Fervent.
In this book a unique and inspiring view emerges of the battle we are in against the enemy of our souls. We learn to recognize the plans the enemy has in place against us right now. We can learn to recognize his plans to:
This book helps you target prayers to achieve victory over the enemy's schemes. He wants us to be confused about the power of prayer! He wants us to believe GOD doesn't respond to prayer, and that it's a waste of time! But there is nothing that can defeat us when we release the full power of prayer. Praying strategically, consistently and fervently is key. It's a game-changer!
Each week we will look at one chapter, thoughtfully planning out our prayer strategies for that area of our life. We will learn how to take our prayers, infused with the Word of God, into battle - and win!
We’ll read others inspiring comments about this book ~ post our own positive interactions ~ as well as post prayer needs, as we go through this book together. Join us as we embark on this life-changing adventure!
Let’s face down the enemy and send him running for cover! Do I hear an "Amen!"