Author: Priscilla Shirer
Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction
How I came about the book
Similar to the book UNSTOPPABLE, it was from a library of books shared by an amazing sister in our TFSA group.
If you’ve watched The Movie, WAR ROOM then you are already familiar with the amazing Priscilla Shirer who acted the main character in the movie.
For some reasons, I’m yet to watch the movie but was pretty excited about reading the book.
And can I just say this? I LOVE(D) THE BOOK.
Every page I turned was loaded.
I’ve read it twice already and look forward to a third read.
The book was an easy read.
The writing format was personal.
It was as though the author was speaking to me directly.
The crux of the book was PRAYER.
It is not a book that cajoles you to pray.
It is a book that compels you to pray.
“We simply don’t have the luxury of playing nice with prayer, not if we want things to change.”
You don’t even have a choice.
For every page you turn…
The enemy starts failing when we start praying!
The lessons in this book are just too numerous and it’ll be a great disservice for you to think you can make do with the few snippets I’ll share here:
1- Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. Fervent prayer is fueled by passion and fed by faith!
2- The battles the enemy wages has a personality to them, an intimate knowledge of who you are and the precise pressure points where you can most easily be taken down.
3- Satan is not God. And he is not God’s counterpart or peer. They’re not even on the same playing field. His influence, authority, and power don’t even touch the fringe of what our Lord is capable of doing. Satan and God are not mates, period.
4- Prayer: It’s how we keep our whole selves engaged and alert, trusting God for the right things, confident He’s giving them, able to sense His direction about what to do and then to take action accordingly.
5- Expect prayer to expose where you’re still resisting God—not only resisting His commands but resisting the manifold blessings and benefits He gives to those who follow him.
6- Instead of convicting you for the purpose of restoration, as God’s Spirit does, Satan condemns you for the purpose of destroying and humiliating you. There’s nothing bad in your life the devil won’t try to make worse!
7- Focus protects your goals and dreams from being consumed in small bites, stolen right out from under your nose in twenty-minute segments of compromise.
8- There is something you can’t see working underneath the surface, controlling and manipulating what you can see. Praying with precision is key. When we pray about the places where we seriously suspect the enemy is at work—that’s how we keep our prayers focused, not only on particular situations but on biblical truths that are consistent with maintaining victory in the midst of them.
9- One of the enemy’s strategies is to make you mourn who you wish you were rather than celebrate who you really are. His primary tools are Insecurity and Self doubt.
10- Prayer is a reminder to yourself, as well as a declaration to the enemy, that you know he’s there. That you’re on to him.
11- Prayer makes us aware of all the resources and strength and protection that God has already placed on our side.
12- Stop at the place where you first recognize the scent of temptation in the air. And before you touch it, remember where it’s been, where it came from and who’s behind it- SATAN!
13- God’s purpose in giving you Sabbath spaces amid your full, productive life is to help you be uninhibited in your devotion, service, and worship of Yahweh.
14- Prayer—fervent, strategic prayer—can change things. Even unchangeable things. Even things as unchangeable as real-life scenes from your past—what you did, what you didn’t do, why you did it, why you didn’t.
15- Expect your fervency to lead you to a place of rest. Because God is the One who’s fighting for you. And He will surely prevail.
Let me just stop here….you all need to get this book!
It’s easy to forget the great lessons in the book if you don’t put them to practice immediately. To maximize this book, you can share it with a friend, prayer partner or members of your small Christian group so you each other accountable.
Who should read the book?
Especially, you reading this review.
Trust me when I say your life CANNOT remain the same afterwards.
PS: A lazy christian will not benefit from the book.
FERVENT literally forces your spiritual eyes to open.
You begin to notice things.
Familial Patterns, Self destructive Habits or Carnal Feelings that you might have hitherto taken for granted.
This book is pure Gold and I recommend it for:
– Every Sister who wants to make a difference,
– Every Daughter who wants to know the truth,
– Every Wife who wants to live in peace,
– Every Mother who wants to walk in victory,
– Every believer with a burden to intercede, both male and female.
And if you are thinking of going on a few days personal retreat, FERVENT is definitely a choice book to take along.
It will also help to make (or buy) Scripture flash cards and keep a Prayer journal while reading this book. You’ll be glad you did.
I hope you enjoyed this review.
Have you read FERVENT?
If yes, please share your thoughts.