I am sitting here looking at a blank screen with no words. How do I have no words?! If you know me I am rarely – if ever short on words either verbally or written. (Yes, I know there’s a verse in Proverbs about that – but that’s another post for another day.)
Here’s the thing. Just stop reading this right now and go order Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. I’m serious. So. Very. Serious. This book isn’t really a book. That’s what makes it hard to write a book review. It’s not meant to be read cover to cover and neatly placed back on the shelve to dust every couple of weeks for the next few years until you donate it to Salvation Army. It’s a tool. It’s meant to be written in, highlighted in, dog-eared pages, tabs sticking out everywhere and a spine that doesn’t quite close.
I’ve always known there is an enemy. 1 Peter 5:8 describes him this way, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” But, I didn’t really give it too much thought. And I got a little uncomfortable when people would start talking about attacks of the enemy and stuff that seemed a little out there to me.
I’ve also been passionate about prayer for most of my adult life. At least I thought so. But, all that changed about a month ago when I watched War Room. I don’t want to be all bossy twice in one post – but if you haven’t seen it – please, please go watch it! You can rent it from Amazon, Redbox or come over to my house and we’ll watch it together. I promise you it’s worth your time. It’s changed my life. My marriage. My children. My friends. I don’t want to give away the movie – or the book. But, I will say, Fervent is a book written by one of the main characters in the movie. Both the book and the movie opened my eyes to the power of prayer.
I’m just so fired up because I know – that I know – that I know – that God is real. God is good. God hears my prayers. And He answers. I want nothing less for you, my friend. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:13)