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. You can also join our Facebook group where we are taking the discussion on this study further throughout the week. If you would like to receive these weekly blog posts in your inbox, sign-up at the end of the post.
If you missed the previous posts, you can check them out here:
- Getting Serious About Prayer
- Praying For Your Passion
- Praying For Your Focus
- Praying For Your Identity
Today we are looking at the forth prayer strategy that is covered in the book:
Praying for Your Family
Families are under attack.
Since families are God’s design for us, our enemy is doing everything he can to cause brokenness within them. That’s why it’s so important to have a prayer strategy for your family.
The chapter opens with this quote:
If I were your enemy, I’d seek to disintegrate your family and destroy every member of it. I’d want to tear away at your trust and unity and turn everyone’s love inward on themselves. I would make sure your family didn’t look anything like it’s supposed to. Because then people would look at your Christian marriage, your Christian kinds, and see you’re no different, no stronger than anybody else — that God, underneath it all, really doesn’t change anything.
So often I find myself praying for my family when we are facing a crisis or struggle and I forget to pray for protection when everything is smooth sailing. Do you do this?
1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
I find that it’s when we become complacent and think that everything is going well, that’s when we become easy targets. That’s why it’s so important to have a strategy! (I’m speaking to myself here, as I am not very good at being consistent with this.)
As we’ve seen in previous posts, praying scripture in this area is always an effective thing to practice.
I’ve decided that I want to divide up my family members and family concerns over different days of the week. I can write the names and concerns at the top of my day planner for each day, where I will be sure to see them, and then I can focus on one part for each day of the week.
What about you? How is your prayer strategy coming along?
One thing I want you to tell you is, “Don’t be discouraged!” Sometimes when we think about things like creating prayer strategies for all of these different areas of our lives, we may agree that it’s good, but it can also feel overwhelming and can get discouraged. This leads to giving up.
Don’t give up!
Your prayer strategy doesn’t have to be complicated or perfect. It’s just important that you pray. Think about what gets in your way and begin asking God for help in becoming more consistent in prayer. Let me tell you, just because I’m the one writing this blog doesn’t mean it’s not a struggle for me. It is, and I desire to be more strategic and consistent with it as well. That’s why we are going through this book together, right?
Change happens when we make a goal to change and take consistent, small steps to get there. It will happen, we just need to stick to it and not let the enemy get us off course.
If you are looking for a system to help you stay consistent in reading Scripture and Prayer, I recently developed the Devotional Journal – A 12 Week Journal for Growing Stronger in Your Walk with God, to help with this.
I pray that you will grow strong in your prayer life and in your walk with God.
Blessings to you this week!
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