Fervent Prayer: Your Past and Your Fears

Your Past

Instead of being a reason for endless shame, guild, and great, our past is a reason for endless worship and free-flowing testimony. And for continual, grateful, heartfelt prayer. -Priscilla Shirer

The one major thing that can prevent us from moving forward is our own past. We carry guilt and shame and hear lies that we will never change, so what's the point of trying?

I have been through this cycle and it's so important we trust in the work of Christ's salvation for us, personally. We tend to forget that Jesus didn't just die for every other person, but for us as well. 

Being stuck in what was already cleansed will rob us of our future. Yesterday can rob us of today if we live within our mistakes.

Priscilla says in chapter 5:

"Prayer does a complete end run around Satan's pitiful accusations, ushering us into an eternal realm with God where 'the past' doesn't even compute. The glory our God receives...doesn't come from all the good things we do for Him. His glory comes from creating people of purity and spiritual passion who cone did things like THAT."

When Priscilla speaks of "THAT' in this context, she's talking about our past..whatever it entailed. 

Some verses to help you in your prayer time:

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9, "'My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.' Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me."
  • Hebrews 13:8, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Your Fears

We all have fears...the danger comes when we allow our fears to control us or have so many fears we simply cannot rest.

Sometimes our fears stem from everyday life; other times they hinder us from doing what God has called us to do. That right there is an indicator fear is not from Him. 

Fear can cripple us -- and really, what a weapon of the enemy! MOST fears are never realized. I mean, like 98%. 

It is one of the greatest schemes of the Enemy to cripple them from God's word. Getting in prayer and also in His Word will help us defeat these lies and learn to trust God even more. 

I admit I've had some fears regarding the future of our country and what our children will inherit...some that have kept me up at night. But as soon as I turn those over to the Lord and trust that He has a plan, I feel peace again and the fear no longer controls me.

While I do carry some trepidation for the future, it does not run my life. It does not stop me from doing everyday things. In fact, I consistently pray in order to keep the fears where they belong.

Some verses to help in your prayer time:

  • Psalm 56:3-4, "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?"
  • 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
  • John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

Consider your life as you pray this week...what obstacles do you face in light of your past and your fears? How are they stopping you from moving forward and walking out God's will?

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27

This post is part of our book club for (affiliate link) Fervent