Priscilla Shirer, author of Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer, believes that Satan strategically attacks people of faith. In Fervent, Priscilla recommends that we write specific prayer strategies to counter Satan’s attacks. While I attribute spiritual struggles to my own weaknesses, I see the value in praying strategically.
Strategy 1 – Against Your Passion (“the fuel in the engine of your purpose”)
He [Satan] seeks to dim your whole desire for prayer, dull your interest in spiritual things, and downplay the potency of your most strategic weapons.Priscilla Shirer
A PRAYER FOR RENEWED PASSION
Before I bring my need, I will bring my heart. I want to know You. I want to find You – in every season, in every moment. More than anything I want, I want You first.1
Lord Jesus, I confess that sometimes I am so dismayed, so discouraged by the ugliness of this world, that I don’t want to expend energy on spiritual matters.
Lord, I know that Your power is made perfect in my weakness. In my weak moments, in my bleak moments, remind me that You are with me. In every season, in every moment, You are my God. You will strengthen me and help me. You will uphold me with Your righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).
Lord Jesus, You gave me my passion for truth and justice and love and mercy. You gave me my purpose in life – to love You with all my heart, mind, soul and spirit and to love others as You first love me. You are the reason for my joy. You are the reason for my hope. I hunger and thirst for your righteousness. Thank you for loving me despite my weaknesses. Thank you for giving your life for me.
Father God, when I am dismayed, when I lose my passion, renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit (Psalm 51:10-12).
- Lauren Daigle’s song First reminds me to seek God first before I bring my needs