Getting Serious About Prayer: Praying About Your Past

Book Study Series on: Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

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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:

  1. Getting Serious About Prayer
  2. Praying For Your Passion
  3. Praying For Your Focus
  4. Praying For Your Identity
  5. Praying For Your Family

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

Praying About Your Past

This chapter of the book is all about letting go of the reign of guilt, shame and regret over your past. We have all sinned. We have all done things we regret and feel ashamed about, but we have been redeemed! Yet, our enemy doesn’t want us to live in the freedom that we have been given. Instead, he wants us to remain stuck in our guilt, shame and regret.

Priscilla Shirer’s opening paragraph to this chapter is powerful:

If I were your enemy, I’d constantly remind you of your past mistakes and poor choices. I’d want to keep you burdened by shame and guilt, in hopes that you’ll feel incapacitated by your many failings and see no point in even trying again. I’d work to convince you that you’ve had your chance and blown it — that your God may be able to forgive some people for some things, but not you…not for this.

Do you struggle with this? Do you hold your past sins and mistakes over your own head? Do you feel at times that you are unforgivable?

It’s time that we start a prayer strategy to do battle in this area of our lives!

Romans 8:1-4 says,

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youa free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

When we have accepted the free gift of salvation that Christ offers us, we are completely forgiven. We are washed clean and God remembers our sins no more. He no longer condemns us. We are made new.

Let’s again turn to more scripture as we work to craft a strategy to help us in this.

Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 says:

Thus says the Lord…

Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it?

Philippians 3:12-14

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Don’t hold on to regret, guilt and shame for the things in the past that you have already been forgiven for. Let go of them and live in the newness of life that God offers you. We may have to live with consequences of our past actions, but we don’t have to continually beat ourselves up about it. Freedom from the heaviness of condemnation is ours because of the gift that Christ gives us. Grab a hold of it today!

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12 thoughts on “Getting Serious About Prayer: Praying About Your Past

  1. Amen, amen, Judy!! The enemy has a memory that won’t quit about our past and it can take us awhile until we realize we need to shut his nagging up via the Word and the truth of who we are in Him as well as the reality of the riches of His grace and the perfect sacrifice of His blood which covers all that “back there”. Happy to be your neighbor today at the Linkup at What Joy is Mine! Blessings on your day!

  2. Oh, this hit me hard. I struggle with my past failings so much, especially since my kids are still young. Every day is a new start with them, but also with them being so young, it’s easy to utterly fail too. Thank you for sharing this at Women with Intention Wednesdays!

  3. Hi Judy,
    I’m your neighbor at Coffee for your Heart today. I just loved Fervent — such good prayer strategies for us to follow! Thoughts of past wrongs is a hard one to keep from impacting our prayers for today but I love all the scripture you shared that show us it really is a thing of the past.

  4. Judy, I love this new book of Priscilla’s. Great way to do a series of blogs. I so agree it is past time to forget what is behind and give it to Jesus. Finding freedom from the condemnation is so amazing! Thanks for your encouragement.