Let me begin by saying Priscilla Shirer is a blessing from the Most High especially for women like me who are in the beginning stages of their relationship with God and learning their identity in Christ. If you have never heard of her, I HIGHLY suggest you do some research on her.
I learned about “FERVENT” through a woman who is a part of a spiritual facebook group I’m a part of. She suggested everyone read this book because it helped her learn the correct way to pray. I put the book on my TBR but wasn’t planning on reading it anytime soon. It was after watching the movie Shirer leads in called, “WAR ROOM” that I decided I had to read this book STAT since the movie was so good and I’m so glad I did.
Shirer starts the book out with an explanation of why we should write out our prayers and details the framework of prayer using the well known acronym P.R.A.Y.
She then leads into giving us a thorough breakdown of how the enemy attacks us in different aspects of our life. She profoundly explains how this prowling lion seeks to devour our passion, focus, identity, family, confidence, calling, purity, rest/contentment, our heart, and our relationships. Shirer divides the book into strategies for each category I just listed, and gives us easy and practical scriptures aligned with these categories so that we can integrate these Scriptures in our prayers making our simple prayers more powerful. She tells us about the importance of this integration and how it is the strategy of combining the Word of God with our prayers that give them the power because it is in the Scriptures that we receive written proof of what God has done for us and what He has created, called, and empowered us to become.
I enjoyed how Shirer uses relatable scenarios pertaining to everyday life experiences in the same charismatic way she does through her sermons. I love how at the beginning of each strategy chapter she starts off with an “If I were your enemy I’d….” statement. In each statement she gives an idea of one the strategies the enemy uses to devour us according to the category she is focused on teaching us about. For example, under the strategy of “Hurt” Shirer writes,
“If I were your enemy, I’d use every opportunity to bring old wounds to mind as well as the people, events, and circumstances that caused them. I’d try to ensure that your heart was hardened with anger and bitterness. Shacked through unforgiveness”
These beginning statements as well as her detailed experiences in regard to the statements allowed me to understand the concept of it not being flesh and blood we wrestle with but that it is indeed the cosmic powers over this present darkness and the evil spiritual forces in the heavenly places. I love and I’m so thankful that Shirer made it easy for us to reference scriptures that relate to each strategy so they are easily accessible when we are writing our prayers. However, I do wish there was at least one sample prayer given in the book with Scripture integrated in it so that we have an idea of what a good strategic prayer looks like for those who are just beginning to read the Word and understand Scripture. The notecards in the back were a brilliant idea! I don’t believe they are big enough to put prayers on but I did use them to write the books of the Bible verses for each category and will be using them as reference cards while writing out my prayers.
Priscilla Shirer put this book together so wonderfully. I learned so much from the information provided and definitely feel like reading this book and watching the movie War Room has taken my prayer life to another level. Not only do I feel as though I have on the Armor of God but now I know how to use my sword which is the Word of God. FERVENT gets 5 out of 5 stars for sure.