They say the opposite of love isn’t hate, it is indifference.
I have been there before, when my passion is gone, and it isn’t pretty.
When we lose our passion for anything, we don’t do it as well. We aren’t as present. We just go through the motions, doing things because we "have to" instead of "want to.”
Unfortunately, my prayer time has lacked passion. I prayed, of course, at church, before meals, and before bed. The more personal one on one time with God happened, but only if I had time. Only if there was something that I really needed help with. Only if I remembered.
More often than not, my prayers were short, unorganized, thought inside and not spoken out loud, and I am so sorry to say that they lacked passion. However, the first focus strategy in Fervent is all about our passion and how to get it back.
Perfect timing. The perfect start to re-building my prayer life.
Here is an example of a prayer that I wrote out for the week I was praying about my passion. The book suggests formatting your prayers as follows:
- P: praise
- R: repentance
- A: ask
- Y: Yes! (praying back scripture)
(P): God, thank you so much for this amazing life and love you have blessed me with. Help me to see you behind the blessings in my life. Thank you for our support system, this beautiful weather, Grandpa’s healing (….)
(R): Forgive me for not tapping into the passion you have in store for me, for coming to you in prayer half-way with reluctance and lack of excitement. I don’t want to be luke warm.
(A): I want to be hot. Please light that fire of passion for prayer. Knock the wall down that satan has built between us, don’t let distractions get in my way. Fill me with your spirit and use me to do the will you have for me.
(Y): God, I am calling upon you. I am praying to you. Listen to me. I am searching and seeking with all my heart. I will find you*.
It is through Jesus Christ, who I am the most thankful for, that I ask these things.
*paraphrase of Jer 29:12-13