Fervent Week 1

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Reagan and I were walking to the car from pick ups on Friday and our conversation always flows easily, so this time was no different. He was recapping his day, what he ate for lunch, a classmate’s mom was going to have a baby, no one at their table had to “clip down” for bad behavior, etc.  Then, with a tone marked with sadness and a little bit of anger, he said, “and in counseling we were talking about viruses, sickness, flu shots, staying well during cold and flu season and the teacher asked the question, ‘What do you do when you get sick?’ and you know what I said mom?  I raised my hand and said, “I know, you pray!” and do you know what someone said?  Someone said, “That doesn’t always work.” I didn’t like that answer mom.  It made me mad because prayer does work. I didn’t argue with them though because some people just can’t have their mind changed.”

Two thoughts went through my head…1) I was glad my son’s first line of defense for even the flu is prayer. 2) I was sad that at 8 years old, the enemy is working to cause doubt in him and those around him. 

I don’t consider myself a powerful pray-er.  I do however pray a lot and over the years I have realized that I’m a conversational pray-er.  That I talk to God all day long about the seemingly insignificant.  I don’t have a prayer closet, unless you count the shower, I inconsistently keep a prayer journal, and I’ve never held a prayer vigil for hours on end (my attention span can’t deal with that).  But I know it’s important and I think that’s a good starting point.

So, are your ready?  This week we will read pages 1-24, “This Means War” and “Opening in Prayer.”  As you are reading keep these discussion questions in mind:

This Means War:
page 5 says that “He created prayer as a primary way of putting us into personal contact with Him…any hour of the day or night.”  How does that make you feel?

Have you ever realized that you have an enemy?  That you are engaged in a “war”?  A “fight for your life”?  Or have you always chalked bad things and misfortune up to bad luck or happenstance?  Are you ready to change the trajectory of your life and your family’s?  I am.
OH, IT’S ON.

Opening in Prayer:
Here she mentions the strategies that the enemy uses most often to do what he does best; steal, kill and destroy us.  Is there a strategy that is your weak point?  More than one?  Write it (or them) down and lay that area before God as a target you want to focus on during this study.  I know I have several strategies Satan uses against me.

Also, Priscilla speaks of her grandmother as her”prayer warrior.”  Do you have a person like that in your life?  Who is it?  Do they know how important they are to you and where you are now?  Could you tell them?  If so, spend this week writing them a letter or make a phone call to express your gratitude.

What was your favorite part or what jumped out at you in these two chapters?

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You have all week to read and answer the discussion questions.  Share your answers here on the blog if you are comfortable.  If not, answer them and keep them close to your heart.  Be as participatory as you like!  Most importantly, be honest with yourself and with God (He already knows 😉 and know you are in a judgment free zone.  We as sisters are all in this together.  We MUST be there for each other because as you’ll read, we have a real enemy.  We CANNOT be against each other.   Feel free to post prayer requests here as well.  We have a beautiful group of all ages, experiences and backgrounds doing our study and our community is one that will do mighty things for the Lord!

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10 thoughts on “Fervent Week 1

  1. Found People Find People! That’s what your son is doing. As long as he continues to witness to everyone the way he is now, there is no stopping him.
    I would encourage you to watch the service from yesterday at Newspring, (it may not be up until tomorrow).
    In 2015 11,000 people were saved at Newspring and 4,000 of those salvations were with out FUSE ministry, grades 6-12. That completely amazes me, especially in this day in age.
    You keep doing what your doing. Everyone needs grace and your son planted a seed!

    • I appreciate your encouragement Ashley! We actually passed a Newsprint Campus on our way home from Florida! It is so amazing the work they are doing. 4,000 youths saved! Incredible! I will definitely check that sermon out…I love a good word!

  2. For some reason I have not gotten my book in yet..:( However, I enjoyed reading your post Jill!! I am looking forward to getting my book in so I can have input!! Reagan and all your children are amazing in their own way!! The enemy is out to steal everyone of us. I believe a lot of us it is by our time and making us “too busy to focus” I try hard to “stay on task” but find myself forgetting or procrastinating. Once I receive my book, I will read and post. Love and peace to all. Teena

    • Teena I TOTALLY agree that the best way he defeats us is to get us distracted! He is so sneaky…we think we are being more productive because we are so busy, but actually it causes us more frustration! I hope your book has come in!!!

  3. I really enjoyed the first readings last week! I, myself, discovered the power of prayer after John and I started dating 13 years ago. He prayed all the time and at first it was odd to me! But after many discussions with him and me asking lots of questions I found myself praying more and more while we were dating! John introduce me to the Catholic church and within a few years both Cameron and I were baptized and confirmed. As a family we make sure we spend time together and pray. Hand in hand in a circle we give it all to God!

    I really liked that where she talks about strategy (pages 15 to 17). This section confirmed that what I was speaking to God each time we talked was also strategies that she discussed.

    I look forward to this week’s reading and thank you so much for bringing this book in my home!

    • That is awesome Diana! I love how God brings people into our life who make it better. God works behind the scene and sets up things that are all part of His plan! I’m so glad you are coming along with me!

  4. I will have to say that my mom is/has been my pray warrior. Having said that, God has blessed me with a group of prayer warriors in Community Bible Studies that I am involved in plus I get the honor and privilege to pray with them too.

    On page 23 I wrote down this: Prayer Releases All Your Eternal Resources. I like this very much. It is now on stuck on my computer so I can see it everyday.
    Looking forward to the next 2 chapters!!! Thanks..

    • aren’t mom’s wonderful?! and you’re right, community is SO important. when we pull away from community and pull away from people, the enemy has us already defeated. thanks for sharing tammy!

  5. Highlights: pg 7: “sick of losing these daily battles of mine” I want to stop going through the motions and at the end of the week look back and the week has once again passed by in a blur and nothing has been achieved. Just survival. I want to be affective for God. I do represent him on my job and pray for my children/family. But feel that is as far as it gets. More needs to be done.

    • I have often felt the same Teena. I have said once that I feel like I chase the end of one day with the beginning of another. End one day only to begin another. it is frustrating but I think acknowledging it is an awesome step. God has so much more for us! I think we are ready for it!!

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