Have you ever wondered how to pray fervently?
I really struggle with this. I watch some people sit down and pray deeply for hours, saying the time passes way too quickly. I see others who have seen the radical benefits of praying specific and strategic prayers. And yet most of my Christian life, my prayers were small, unspecified and circumstantial.
A little bit into my journey of overcoming some deep strongholds in my life, I began to feel convicted about my prayer life. I began to desire something more than what I was putting into prayer.
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And so I read a few books that really encouraged me in this.
I read The Power of a Praying Wife (and Woman), Believing God and I watched the movie War Room. The combination of these left me eager to dive deeper in fervent prayer.
And when I did, my life changed completely.
I still struggle sometimes to believe that God will answer my prayers but my faith has grown tremendously.
I still struggle sometimes to spend a lengthy amount of time in prayer, but I can’t go a day without deeper prayer.
The commitment to learn how to pray more fervently and strategically has completely changed my life and my faith. And I want you to see that transformation too.
So today, let’s talk about how to pray more fervently - even when it feels hard.
Ask God to Reveal the Power of Prayer to You
This is something I’ve struggled with my entire faith life. I have walked through some really painful things and experienced a lot of unanswered prayers. And so I always struggled to believe that prayer really did anything.
Can anyone relate?
I thought that prayer was simply a way to connect with God and nothing more.
But over time and after reading Believing God by Beth Moore, I began to see it differently. Prayer has power.
I still struggle with this at times, but I find that when I specifically ask God to reveal the power of prayer to me, He does. And I am blown away by how amazing He is as He answers my prayers.
So say a short prayer with me right now:
Lord, thank you that You have a perfect plan for me. Thank you for giving me a way to connect intimately with You. Please show me the power of prayer. Show me how to pray and how to make my prayers powerful and effective. Cast out any lies that keep me from intimate and powerful prayer. Meet me in this. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Learn to Pray Strategically
I struggled to pray fervently because most of the time my prayers were very basic and I didn’t know how to go in depth.
I would pray for whatever was on my heart, and although this isn’t a bad thing, I found myself getting distracted or feeling surfacy.
It wasn’t until I read the book, The Power of a Praying Wife, and then The Power of a Praying Woman that I learned that specific and strategic prayers have immense power. Not only did I feel like I was finally praying for things that I had never thought to pray for, but it helped me to have written out prayers on all of these specific areas.
I’d pray for more specific things for my husband like his work, his purpose, his relationships etc. Whereas before, I found myself just praying for the same few things. It helped me to have this guide and it kept me fervent in prayer because I began to learn how to pray strategically.
Write out Your Prayers
The final thing that helped me to become more fervent in prayer was beginning a prayer journal. The one that I started a few years ago is just about full and it is amazing to look back at all my prayers and see how God has been at work.
I love this because it allows me to write out my own specific and strategic prayers that I can refer to daily during seasons. I have written prayers of surrender, prayers asking for wisdom and discernment, prayers for specific people in my life and so much more!
Sometimes I will even just write what I title “Prayer for Today” and write a full prayer for whatever is on my heart. I love being able to pray this prayer slowly and meditate through it.
Starting a prayer journal is a simple way to experience the profound power of prayer and to get more strategic and fervent in your prayer life.