Getting Serious About Prayer: Praying for Your Passion

Book Study Series on: Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Give me passion

Praying for Your Passion

If you are just joining us here, we have embarked on a book study of Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. If you haven’t read it yet, get your copy HERE. (affiliate link) I also encourage you to go watch the movie War Room if you haven’t yet as it is a great encouragement to be serious about your prayer life.

If you missed the previous post, you can check it out here:

Getting Serious About Prayer

Today we are looking at the first prayer strategy that is covered in the book:

Praying for Your Passion.

Shirer states, “Passion is the fuel in the engine of your purpose. It’s your “want-to.” It’s what keeps you going when mundane tasks bore you or difficult ones dissuade you. Passion is what keeps you moving in the direction your best intentions what you to go.” (page 26)

Passion is definitely an area that our enemy would like to attack and as a result, it’s very important for us to pray about it!

Do you know what the opposite of passion is? I believe it’s discouragement.

Discouragement keeps us stuck, keeps us down and not moving and often tempts us to give up.

Where passion gives us energy, discouragement saps it. Click To Tweet

Another quote from the chapter says this: “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.”

That’s such a great quote! How often do we try to manufacture our own passion? Often, this looks like running to a lot of different things that aren’t God in order to find that fulfillment and excitement to keep us motivated and to find our get-up-and-go. When, really, what we need to be doing is running to Him.

So, when it comes to praying about our passion, what does that actually look like? Based on what we’ve looked at here and what the book encourages, here are some ideas:

  1. Pray that God would grow your passion for Him, His word and Prayer. Pray that your passion would start with Him and that He would be central in all areas of your life, not just a side dish.
  2. Pray that God would make clear to you what His purpose for you is and that He would give you passion to pursue it and stick to it when the going gets tough.
  3. Pray that God would protect you from attacks from the enemy in this area and that He would keep you from getting discouraged.
  4. Pray that God would keep us from running to things other than Him in order to find our passion.

The chapter also gives several verses that you can use to pray scripture in this area. Here are a few for you to use as well:

Mark 12:30 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

For where Your treasure is there will be

Luke 12:34 “For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.”

Jeremiah 29:12-13 “Call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

So, how is your prayer life lately? Do you need to spend some time praying about your passion? I’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below about your journey.

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13 thoughts on “Getting Serious About Prayer: Praying for Your Passion

  1. It’s funny how all of a sudden I’m reading so many books that share a common theme–finding my passion and my plan in life (currently reading Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavay and the LifeGrowth Guide for You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth)–and now here’s another book on the same topic. Maybe it’s time to sit down and actually wrestle with all of these ideas :).

  2. What a great movie! I loved War Room. Praying about our passion is so important. Many people spend most of their life chasing things to feel important, rather than chasing God to be fulfilled. He knows what we are passionate about, He’s the source of the passion! I love that this points us back to Him. When we seek Him, we will find out our purpose and what He’s called us to do. Thanks for sharing at Modest Monday linkup.

  3. Thank you for these words today. I have the book “Fervent” on my bookshelf and have for months. It’s on my list to read and reading your words today makes me want to even more. Priscilla is so gifted and I did complete her Armor of God study this Fall which I highly recommend. Glad to be your neighbor at Testimony Tuesday today.

  4. Judy, thank you for sharing this encouragement on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! Passion like zeal, placed in the right direction can be so beautiful! 🙂

  5. Judy, I’m so glad to be a neighbor at Faith ‘N Friends! I haven’t read Fervent, but your post is convincing me I need to. Yes, yes, yes to praying that God will give us a passion for Himself and His Word.

  6. Hi Judy!
    This is a great post and one that resonates strongly with me. It especially brings to mind a time a number of years ago where someone spoke powerful discouragement to me about my passion and because of their position, knowledge, etc., I allowed it to stop me from continuing to pursue and develop my passion for quite awhile. Words can be very powerful things and the words of this person went straight into the core of me. Thankfully, God also sent along others along the way to encourage me about the passion that truly had come from Him and that He seemed to have placed within me. Even so, it took far too long for me (back then) to get in touch with the passion in prayer with the Lord. Too often others may not understand our passion nor value it and we need to be careful about how their views influence us. Well said, Judy!
    Thanks!
    Pam