Priscilla Shirer is Vyrso’s author of the month. She is an accomplished Bible teacher and well-known conference speaker, and has written many inspiring ebooks, including her new release Fervent. Check out an exclusive excerpt from Fervent below, and keep reading with the Priscilla Shirer Bundle, which includes Shirer’s God is Able and One in a Million, available for just $3.99 through August 31.
It was a tragic scene.
Abby, a nineteen-year-old college sophomore, was returning home with four other friends on a spring break outing to Disneyland, when the SUV in which she was riding experienced a blowout that turned into a fatal accident. Two of the girls were ejected from the car and died on the scene. Abby was identified as one of them.
As word reached the families back in Arizona—two girls dead, three critically injured—typical parental worry over a college road trip turned to unspeakable grief. Abby’s parents spent the next few days combing through the shock and horror, planning the details of their daughter’s funeral while three other parents prayed for their own children’s recovery, some of whose bruises and swelling made them almost hard to recognize as they lay in the hospital.
On Saturday, however, six days after the accident, hospital officials informed two of the families that there had been a horrible mistake. Two of the girls, who bore a striking resemblance, had been misidentified. Parents who’d been sitting by the bedside of a young woman they believed to be their daughter were told the staggering news: she wasn’t their daughter after all. Their daughter had actually died in the accident. And Abby’s parents? They were given news they could have never imagined receiving . . .
Abby wasn’t dead. She was alive.
The initial shock of what they were hearing turned to disbelief. Disbelief then turned to joy. But the joy was mingled, too, with anger—anger that they’d been forced to live for six days in agony because of a reality that wasn’t true, a grief that they had no need to feel or experience.
It all boiled down to a case of mistaken identity.
The enemy wants you to suffer from a case of mistaken identity. [Click to Tweet!]
Makes his job a whole lot easier. And makes your defenses a lot weaker. He’s working overtime to keep your identity masked, to keep the truth from coming out—that you are indeed alive and free and empowered by God’s own Spirit to fight victoriously against him. He’d rather conspire to keep you in a constant state of mourning, grieving over who you wish you were, instead of relishing who you really are, exacerbated by insecurity and crippled by self-doubt.
That’s why he doesn’t want you praying—not fervently— because fervent prayer keeps your true identity in focus. [Click to Tweet!] Reminds us of who we really are and taps into the power we really have in Christ.
This authentic identity is possibly quite a bit different from the one you perceive when you look at yourself in the mirror each day, or when you’re fidgeting through an awkward social encounter, or when you’re sizing yourself up against the well-dressed accomplishments of other friends, other church members, even (and you know it’s true) even total strangers. It’s also not the identity your enemy wants in your head when he’s moving strategically against you, when he’s maneuvering himself into attack position. He wants you lifeless, disengaged, brainwashed into believing you have nothing of value to offer.
That’s why he doesn’t want your nose in the Word or your knees on the hardwood. Because that’s where the light comes on. That’s where you find out the good news, perhaps the surprisingly euphoric news—that you are alive, fully equipped to stand firm against him. “Formerly darkness,” the Bible says, yes. Formerly. At one time. But now “Light in the Lord” . . . “children of Light” . . . able through Christ to produce “the fruit of the Light” (Eph. 5:8–9).
This is an excerpt from Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer (B&H Publishing Group). Used by permission.
Priscilla Shirer is Vyrso’s author of the month. She is an accomplished Bible teacher and well-known conference speaker, and has written many inspiring ebooks, including her new release Fervent. Check out an exclusive excerpt from Fervent below, and keep reading with the Priscilla Shirer Bundle, which includes Shirer’s God is Able and One in a Million, available for just $3.99 through August 31. […]