Fervent: Prayer Strategy for Your Past

 
 
 

Hi friends! 

Have you put together your prayer strategy for your family? I hope so! This week we are moving on to Prayer Strategy number five, your past! If you're just joining us, come on in! We're working through the book, Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. If you want to purchase the book you can do so through this affiliate link by clicking here. (This post contains an affiliate link, which provides me with a small compensation when you purchase your book through my link. Thank you so much for supporting my small business!)
 

 
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The thing about life is each and every one of us have a past. Maybe one of which we're not so proud. Maybe one we wish we could wipe clean and start again. Maybe a past filled with regret, that effects our present. Maybe it was something you did, or a decision you didn't make. Maybe it was tragedy that you still can't seem to move on from. Regardless of what it is, we all have a past. And sometimes, our past can make it difficult to live in the present, in the way God intends for us to live. So why is creating a prayer strategy for our past so important?   


If I were your enemy, I’d constantly remind you of your past mistakes and poor choices. I’d want to keep you burdened by shame and guilt, in hopes that you’ll feel incapacitated by your failings and see no point in even trying again. I’d work to convince you that you’ve had your chance and blown it — that your God may be able to forgive some people for some things, but not you....not for this.
— Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

Dealing with regret, guilt, or shame from our past is so hard. And it can be so hard to actually let it go, because the enemy is constantly trying to bring it back to the surface and make us feel like failures, undeserving of the love of Jesus Christ. Satan wants to keep us in bondage to our sin, because it hinders our relationship with God. That is why creating a prayer strategy for our past is so important. We have got to be able to repent of our sins and lay them at the feet of Jesus Christ. God does not want us carrying around the burdens of our past, sweet friends. His grace and His mercy are enough. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." He is making all things new. (Rev. 21:5) 


One of the qualititeis that makes the gospel so real and so great is that it doesn’t eliminate our past but just so thoroughly deals with it. God forgives it. He changes it. He transforms all that mess into his huge mountain of grace that only takes us higher and closer to Him. So now instead of being a reason for endless shame, guilt, and regret, our past is a reason for endless worship and free-flowing testimony. And for continual, grateful, heartfelt prayer.
— Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

The thing about our past is that with each new day, another day passes. And as sinners living in a fallen world, the odds are pretty good that we will continue to make decisions we aren't always proud of; decisions we might regret. Heartfelt, fervent prayer is how we can start each day with a clean slate. Lametations 3:22-23 says, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Isn't God so incredibly gracious and loving toward us? We will never deserve His love, but He so generously pours it out onto us anyway. There is no greater love.

 

Are you ready to pray fervently and create a prayer strategy for your past? To get started, here are some scriptures you might consider adding to your prayer strategy for your past. If you're following along in the book you can find these scriptures, plus more, on pages 102-103.

  • Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18-19 (ESV)
  • Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:4-5 (ESV)
  • My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.  2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)
  • Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)

 

Go ahead and grab your Heartfelt Prayers Journal and craft your prayer strategy for your PAST. Remember, if you don't have a journal, you can download this Prayer Journal that I created specifically for this study and use it throughout the series!

 

As I mentioned before, I'll be sharing my prayers with you to serve as inspiration as you work to craft your very own! Here is the prayer strategy I wrote in my war binder, for my past. 

 

 
 

 

I'm praying for you as you work to craft a prayer for your past. See you next week as we dive into prayer strategy number six on our FEARS.

Rooted in the love of Jesus, 
Kayla

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