I just finished reading the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer; “A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer.” It’s phenomenal. In fact, our church leadership enjoyed it so much they put together a conference night based on that book.
I’d love to do the same one day. But for now, I settle with sharing my biggest takeaway from the book right here on my blog.
Let’s talk about creating prayer strategies.
P.S. You can get your hands on all 8 of Priscilla Shirer’s Prayer Strategies here.
5 Steps to Creating An Effective Prayer Strategy
1. Identify the Need
What is it you are expecting from God? What need are you trusting Him to meet? Is there a situation are you looking for Him to heal? Maybe a struggle you are looking to overcome, or a battle you are determined to be victorious in? Or maybe you just want a little more of God Himself; a little more time, a powerful encounter. Whatever your need may be, set it in stone.
2. Talk Specifics
Once you’ve identified your need, write it down. And get specific. Tell God exactly what it is you are looking for, exactly the outcome you are hoping for, exactly the solution you need. Priscilla explains this so well in her book. I’m going to give it my best shot and try to sum it up for you.
The Bible tells us that God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we could ask for or even imagine. The depth of His ability is unfathomable. So don’t ever think you are asking too much.
Now I’m not saying get greedy. What I am saying is that there isn’t a need in the world God can’t provide for. It’s not ever going to be too messy, to deep, to complicate, too expensive, or too much for Him to handle. He’s a big God! You can’t scare Him. So be honest and be specific when you bring your needs to God. He can handle it.
3. Find Your Promise
Learn to pray more than your desires, learn to pray God’s Word. The Bible is full of promises and declarations that God has spoken over us, and more than likely there’s a promise or two in there from God that fits your situation. Find those promises and write them down along side your request.
4. Bring It All To God.
So you’ve got your request, as specific as you know how to be, a heart of faith, and God’s Word to back it up. Now let’s bring all of that to God. Just talk to Him. You can even read from your cue cards if you want. God won’t mind. Approach Him.
Thank Him for being God of your life. Thank Him for all He has already done for you. Share your need with Him. remind Him of His promise, and hold Him to His faithfulness. Isaiah 55:11 tell us that God’s word will not return void. And in Psalms 33:9 (one of my favorite verses) reads, “For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.”
5. Keep Praying
“What if my prayer isn’t answered?’ Well, simply put, if you haven’t received an answer you’re not done praying, friend. Keep bringing your request to God. Keep speaking those promises over your life and over your situation. Feed your faith. Trust that you are not forgotten. God’s answer may not always fit around our timeline, but trust that His timing is perfect and His answer is coming.
So you’re interested in strengthing your prayer life?
That’s awesome! Why not take the time to sharpen up your Bible Study too!
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