“We desperately need to cultivate an active prayer life. Prayer is our offensive weapon.

We need to sharpen that weapon, beginning today.” 

Dearest Ones,

Do you have a place where you meet with the Lord consistently?

We have an enemy who studies us, watches us, knows where we are vulnerable and weak. He is continuously roaming the earth ready to devour us, undermine our thinking, and rip us from our security in God. He does not respect boundaries nor does he have any.

He also knows the Scriptures; he will twist and turn the Word around, causing us to question God and His Word. (Eve in the Garden of Eden and Jesus in the wilderness)

Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.” IPeter 5:8 (CSB)

I am not here to plant fear in your life but to equip you with tools that will help you fight against the schemes of the devil.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.” Ephesians 6:12 (CSB)

From Fervent by Priscilla Shirer

“Stragegies? Yes. Because as you may have noticed, the battles your enemy wages against you-especially the most acute, consistent ones-possess a personality to them, an intimate knowledge of who you are and the precise pressure points where you can most easily be taken down. Random accident? Lucky guess? I don’t think so. These areas of greatest fear and anxiety in your life are clues to some important spiritual information. They reveal, among other things, that a personalized strategy has been insidiously put in place to destroy your vibrancy and render you defeated. It’s been drawn up on the blackboard by someone who knows where you live and whom you love, knows your customary tendencies, and knows from long experience how best to exploit every single one of them.”

Does that grab your attention, compel you to begin?

I want to share ways we can cultivate an active, strategic prayer life.

How?

First, we must be consistent in meeting with the Lord, worshiping, praying, and reading His Word.

Second, we build our own “war room.” I want you to know I do not have a closet filled with prayers written on post-its. That does not work for me. Therefore, I have come up with a system that does fit my lifestyle.

If you have been around here awhile, you know I am a firm believer in practicing the discipline of journaling. As I read through the Word, and write in my journal, I keep index cards nearby. As soon as I open my Bible, I pull out a clean index card and lay it on my journal. When a Scripture speaks to me, I write it on the index card, tuck it into a pouch that I carry everywhere, yes everywhere.

The pouch, filled with index cards is my war room.

Scriptures I have written on index cards become specific prayers for specific needs.

I carry my journal and pouch everywhere I go.

When I meet someone who needs a word or prayer, I have something ready.

I place them on the table by my bed at night when fears and worries keep me awake. They are there when my pain overwhelms me.

I love this system! With it, I have the bonus of help with Scripture memory as I continually go through my index cards, reading and praying.

My prayer life has become stronger by praying Scripture. My relationship with God has deepened.

I am no longer satisfied to pray watered down prayers with little to no conviction.

I would love to hear what works for you!

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