Pastor Mundo Meneses
Romans 12:11-12 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.
Every year, as we head into a prayer and fasting season, there seems to be so much optimism and hope in our church. I believe, if we want to see God move in our lives during this season of prayer and fasting, we need to pray like never before. In the passage above, the Greek translation of the word fervent is the idea of boiling over. To be fervent in the Spirit means to be spiritually hot for the things of God. Here are three ways we can pray daily, fervent prayers throughout this prayer and fasting season.
“Rejoice in hope”
To pray fervently throughout the 21 days, we need to start each day with gratitude. Gratitude allows you to realize what you have, what God has done and it fuels an encouragement of the possibilities of what he can do. If He did it before, He can do it again!
“Be patient in affliction”
That’s right, you need some attitude. Attitude is a position assumed for a specific purpose. It is like a fighter getting into the fighting position, ready to battle. We need an attitude that says, “I won’t give up!” There will always be challenges along the way and we will need patience to see God move in a new way.
“Be persistent in prayer”
Fortitude is a strength of mind that enables a person to encounter adversity with courage. We need spiritual fortitude to start praying ALAT prayers - “As Long As it Takes” prayers. Praying with fortitude means praying with more intensity, more fire, more tenacity and courage. It’s praying like Mark Batterson says in Praying Circles, “It’s not just praying for, it’s praying through.” It is praying through until we see God move!
Prayer Starter: Lord, thank you for doing so much in my life already. Help me to pray through this season full of hope and courage.
Today’s Prayer Focus: Ask God to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and give you the fire to press through any temptations, challenges and tests with hope and determination.