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
- Praying For Your Family
- Praying About Your Past
- Praying About Your Fears
- Praying About Your Purity
- Praying About Your Pressures
- Praying About Your Hurts
Today we are looking at the tenth and last prayer strategy that is covered in the book:
Praying About Your Relationships: Uniting In A Common Cause
As we’ve done with each of the chapters, let’s start off with the opening paragraph in the chapter.
If I were your enemy, I’d work to create division between you and other Christians, between groups of Christians, anyone with the potential for uniting in battle against me and my plans. I’d keep you operating individually, not seeing your need for the church or tying yourself too closely to its mission. Strength in numbers and unity of purpose…I would not allow things like these to go unchecked.
Relationships can be the most rewarding and the most difficult parts of life. Our relationships are central to who we are. God created us to be social beings and because of this, we are surrounded by all kinds of relationships. Family, friends, co-workers, employers, church members, community members and many other kinds of relationships. Since our relationships are a central part of our lives, and a central part of how God works in us and creates disciples, is it any wonder that the enemy would want to attack this area of our lives? Praying for protection and healing and unity in our relationships and in developing healthy relationships is all a part of this prayer strategy. Another quote from the chapter:
One of our most important strategies – a call for our most fervent praying – must be to stand against all forms of disharmony in our relationships and to battle for oneness among ourselves and all of God’s people. We owe it to the Lord and we owe it to one another. The gospel we share in common is meant to continue to be shared together, both the giving and receiving of grace, inspiring each of us to pure living and spiritual fervency so the gospel can shine outward to others through our loving, enriching relationships.
We need to pray for unity, harmony, reconciliation and protection for your relationships. Here are some verses that we can incorporate into our prayer strategy:
Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.”
Romans 14:19 “Pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
1 John 3:18 “Let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.”
Romans 14:13 “Let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this – not to put an obstacle or stumbling block in a brother’s way.”
Galatians 5:26 “Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.”
Can you believe we’re at the end of our study already? How has working through this study help you to develop your prayer strategy? The important part of this is the implementation. If you are struggling to implement these strategies into your prayer life, review some of them and ask God to help you grow in this area.
My prayer for you is that your prayer life is vibrant, consistent and growing. I pray that through your prayer life, that you become more and more connected with Christ and tuned in to His plans and desires for your life.
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