Getting Serious About Prayer: Praying About Your Pressures

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
  6. Praying About Your Past
  7. Praying About Your Fears
  8. Praying About Your Purity

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

Praying About Your Pressures

I just love how Priscilla Shirer starts each of her chapters by focusing us on how our enemy is at work. Here’s the opening paragraph from this chapter:

If I were your enemy, I’d make everything seem urgent, as if it’s all yours to handle. I’d bog down your calendar with so many expectations you couldn’t tell the difference between what’s important and what’s not. Going and doing, guilty for ever saying no, trying to control it all, but just being controlled by it all instead…If I could keep you busy enough, you’d be too overwhelmed to even realize how much work you’re actually saving me.

In today’s world, I think this area is one all women struggle with at some time or another. We live in a very busy world with so much on our plates. Many times when I ask friends how they are doing, the answers include words like, “I’m tired,” or “I’m so busy,” or “I could really use a vacation.” How about you? Does this sound like your life?

Pressure. Pressure. Pressure.

Here are some things women can feel pressured about:

  • Pressure to do it all
  • Pressure to have their kids involved in everything
  • Pressure to look great and dress a certain way
  • Pressure to do better at everything
  • Pressure to be involved in everything
  • Pressure to have a clean, organized and well decorated home
  • Pressure to be happy, outgoing and fun
  • Pressure to have a degree
  • Pressure to be clever, thoughtful and smart

On and on the list goes with overwhelming amounts of pressure that we place on ourselves or let others place on us.

The chapter goes on to talk about being deliberate in choosing a rhythm of rest. Check out this previous blog post to read about this very thing, called: Experience Rest Rather Than Burnout.

So, if you are like me, and you get caught up into the pressures of life easily, it’s time to start creating a prayer strategy for this area. Let’s take a look at some Bible passages that can help us:

Ps. 62:1-2 “I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.”

Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”

Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

I also love the closing paragraph from the chapter:

Few things hold the potential to so drastically alter the landscape of your life as when you claim godly authority over the insane amount of unnecessary pressures you face. Be ready to see your eyes opened as you close them in prayer. And day soon a whole new kind of woman is going to be emerging from that prayer closet.

A free one. A rested one. A contented one.

So, ladies, let’s start praying, shall we?

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13 thoughts on “Getting Serious About Prayer: Praying About Your Pressures

  1. I haven’t read the book, but that little intro paragraph makes me want to read it. What a thought provoking chunk! The devil does keep us busy and fearful of saying no. I can attest to that. There is freedom in breaking free from the trap, claiming truth for ourselves, and praying the devil away!
    Thanks for sharing. I think I’ll go find that book now. 🙂

  2. I’m memorizing Matthew 6 this spring so this week I’m looking at how the birds deal with pressure–they don’t feel any! They just go about doing their thing each day, praising God without a care. I want to let go of pressure in the same way. Thanks for sharing you encouraging words and those of Priscilla’s.

  3. Wow. I don’t know if God wanted you to write this post for anyone else, but He surely wanted you to write it for me. Zing, zing, zing. Will meditate on all this right now as I head out for my morning walk/prayer/Scripture memory power combo! Thank you, Judy…stopping by as your neighbor at Women With Intention! 🙂

  4. Boy, was this timely. I put so much pressure on myself every day, and it’s rough. I can be really mean to myself, and show the least amount of grace to myself than anybody else. With a husband in law enforcement and with chronic pain, I do end up taking on a lot.. but I need to be nicer to myself and realize I’m just one person and I physically can’t do it all! Thank you for the reminder that I’m not alone, and that there’s more to life than feeling I need to get it all done.

  5. I am new to your series so this is the only one I’ve read, but I can’t wait to read more! Prayer is honestly my favorite thing in the world to do, yet for me it can sometimes be the hardest. Thank you for these scriptures and this series on what to pray on. I found your link in waiting on Wednesday link up.

  6. I am going to have to go back and look at those others especially the one on fear. To be honest though it has not been until recently that I realized how much pressure I put on myself to do everything right. I don’t want to be lazy but I am tired. I don’t want to push my little one but I am afraid that she be a brat. Lame thoughts and things I put on myself. Thank you for the scripture. Visiting from woman to woman #6

  7. This is not a book I have purchased, but it looks wonderful and I do enjoy Priscilla’s books. I have often told my kids that God is a God of balance not the ‘it has to be done right now or it isn’t going to be done or blessed or whatever..’ He doesn’t push us into anything, but molds us to His will. When I feel pressured to do something, rather than convicted because He absolutely does do that, I know that it isn’t Him. It helps me to stop and recognize and of course… to pray.

    🙂 Blessings,
    Dawn

  8. I’m so glad I found this blog series… it’s so helpful! I will definitely be reading the previous ones too. Stopping by from the Grace & Truth link-up. Thanks and blessings!!!