Last week I shared my thoughts on Priscilla Shirer’s book “Fervent”.
Chapter one talks about how Satan strategizes “against your passion”. Priscilla uses an example from 2 Kings 6:1-7. One of the prophet Elisha’s servants was chopping down a tree when he lost his ax head.
From this story, Priscilla lists four important points:
1. Despite the lost ax head, the presence of God was still near.
Satan would like to convince you that your lack of passion is an indication that God was never there at all or has gotten disgusted and left.
Elisha was the near his servant when he lost his “cutting edge”. God is with us even when we feel like we’ve lost ours. Satan, of course, would have you believe otherwise, but we know who he is. #liarliar
2. The servant was doing something good when he lost his cutting edge.
Being engaged in good, even godly, productive things is not an automatic guard against losing your cutting edge.
Satan wants nothing more than for us to lose our passion when we’re right in the middle of working for the Lord. He wants to discourage us so that we stop working. Maybe he does so by making us feel unappreciated… like all our hard work goes unnoticed. Whatever his strategy, we can rest assured that we are not alone. The presence of God is still near.
3. The ax was borrowed.
So instead of feeling guilty whenever your passion in prayer is weak or missing, realize instead that it is God’s work both to give it and then to fan it to flame inside of you.
Just like this man’s ax was borrowed- our passion is a gift from God and not something we can “manufacture” on our own! I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel A LOT better… if God gave it to us then God can get it back. Which brings us to the last point:
4. Only a work of God could retrieve the ax head.
Where did it fall? The man of God asked. When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it into the water at hat spot. The ax head floated to the surface.
We cannot reignite our passion ourselves…. Only God can! All we have to do is ask.
I praise you because I cannot “out sin” your grace. I praise you because your grace is ALWAYS sufficient to help me when I need it most. I praise you because your strength is perfected in my weakness.
Please forgive me for the many times I’ve sinned against you. Please forgive me for the many times I’ve neglected to pray and read your word. Please forgive me for the many times I’ve failed to trust you and believe that ALL things are working together for my good.
I ask you to reignite my passion for prayer- fan the flames to life in my heart. I ask you to give me a new heart, a clean heart, a heart to know you! I ask you to give me back my “cutting edge”, so that my prayers are not dull, but fueled by my passion for you!
I say yes to your promise that I am forgiven! I say yes to your promise that I am free! I say yes to your promise that I am a new creation- with a new heart that’s all about you!
In Jesus Name,