Fervent Prayer Availeth Much

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
– James 5:16

Not long after the movie, War Room, came out in the theaters, all the women in my weekly women’s Bible study group wanted to go see it. Except me. I am never excited about seeing movies in theaters, and prefer to “wait for the DVD.”

I love watching good Christian movies in the privacy of my own home. This habit comes from many years of isolation when I lived in a very remote town in a forest, far from the nearest theater.

My Bible study group friends are city girls – they loved their theater experience so much, most of them returned multiple times to see War Room, each time excited and enthusiastic about going. However – I waited.

Meanwhile, back in the remote mountain town I spoke of, my best and dearest friend there was also going to see War Room in the theaters in a town about 75 miles northeast of there, in Southern Oregon. Once wasn’t enough. She went again and again, and eventually bought the book, War Room, on CD to listen to in the car.

I wondered what was so special about that movie that made my friends want to see it so many times, despite the costs involved. Still, I waited. I am very resistant to going into movie theaters. The last time I went to one was on a cold night in Yreka, where my feet froze in a chilly theater. When my toes get cold, I can’t think of or appreciate anything else – I just yearn for a heated car, or socks – but I had none. Really, theaters are not for me.

My dear friend in that Northern California mountain town decided I had waited enough, and sent me her audiobook version of War Room. I love audiobooks! Very much! And along with it, she sent her paperback copy of a book I’d never heard of before – the one pictured at the top of this page: Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer, the lady that starred in the movie, War Room.

Now, I already knew who Priscilla Shirer is. I knew her as a friend and co-worker of Beth Moore. I love listening to Beth Moore videos and reading her books. I’ve been aware of her ever since a friend recommended the book, Breaking Free: The Journey, The Stories, by Beth Moore.

In 2014 one of my women’s Bible study friends got free tickets to hear Beth Moore speak in Spokane. That was a special day – and we had the best seats in the house, in a box at the top of the stadium, because my friend got those tickets from her boss who was a season ticket holder.

Here’s Beth:

Beth Moore speaking at the Spokane Arena in 2014
Beth Moore speaking at the Spokane Arena in 2014

And this is me:

Linda Jo Martin at the Spokane Areana to see Beth Moore in 2014
Linda Jo Martin at the Spokane Areana to see Beth Moore in 2014

Anyhow, here’s a video of the very awesome Priscilla Shirer, author of the book I read: Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer. She’s a great speaker!

Here’s her YouTube channel: Going Beyond Ministries
And her blog: Going Beyond Ministries

Here’s my review of her book, one of several books she’s written.

Title: Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer
Author: Priscilla Shirer
Publisher: B & H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tennessee
Pages: 190, plus space for notes, and prayer cards
POV: From the point of view of a prayer warrior woman!
My Source: A paperback, the gift of a friend

The Premise

We are at war with an enemy (Satan) and need a prayer strategy to overcome every trap he sets before us.


Priscilla and her family

Issues found in Fervent

Each chapter has a separate issue for us to resolve.

Passion: How to retrieve it.
Focus on fighting the real enemy.
How to help and strengthen your family.
Overcoming guilt and shame.
Confronting fears and worries.
Strengthening your purity.
Finding peace and overcoming stress.
Forgiving everyone.
Creating unity in relationships.

Following the guidance in the book, you should end up writing your own prayer strategy for each of these themes.

First words in the book

“Just so you know what you’re getting into …
By the time you’ve finished reading (and working) through this book, the front cover shouldn’t be able to close neatly back over on itself. It should be noticeably disfigured. Ski-ramping up from the spine at such a scooped angle that even if you laid an old-school telephone book on top, you still couldn’t smooth out what’s become so harshly, permanently misshapen. From heartfelt use. War torn. An impossible option for regifting at Christmastime.” – Priscilla Shirer, Fervent, page 1

Writing style

Priscilla Shirer’s writing in this book is very informal. It is like having a face-to-face friendly conversation with her on many different issues of life.

Here’s a Priscilla Shirer video about fervent prayer:

My experience of reading Fervent

I found Fervent very easy to read with short, focused chapters to inspire, then a few pages of scriptures after each chapter. Priscilla asked readers to “deliberately and thoroughly write down your prayer strategies … then post them in a strategic place where you can pray them regularly and consistently.”

For a while I tried the prayer closet idea, and found it easy to focus in there because lack of distractions. I started writing more prayers about that time too – specific prayers for people I love and care about. However, I live alone and eventually decided to pray at my desk in the mornings. Nobody will be disturbing me as I’ve got my telephone on “silent mode” as I pray.

My opinion of Priscilla’s book, Fervent

Fervent, written in the wake of her experience in the lead role of the movie, War Room, was heavily influenced by that experience and gives further guidance to people, women especially, who are looking for more information about fervent and devoted prayer practices.

Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer delivers exactly what it says. It takes us through the most important issues most women face as Christians living in the world but not of it. The book covers the strategies of Satan and his attacks, and explains what can be done to fight back in the Godly way we’ve been taught in God’s Word. (See Ephesians chapter six.)

Another quote from the book, Fervent

Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth. It is kryptonite to the enemy and to all his ploys against you.” – Priscilla Shirer, Fervent, page 5

About the Author

Priscilla Shirer graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies. She’s also a wife and mother of three boys.

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