Heard this while I was praying: “Fervency is a Choice.” Seems like we are in a cycle in the body of Christ of waiting for a powerful song or a dynamic anointed preacher or someone’s powerful prayer over us to trigger fervency, fire and passion in our hearts. That can happen, but one of two things will occur. First one I hear all the time: “The meeting (or prayer, or song) was so great and I was so excited to finally feel free and passionate for the things of God. Now, I am feeling stuck again. Right back to where I was.” The second one is that a fire is lit in the person and it doesn’t go out. Why the difference? The second one the person was transformed because they were not centered on the feelings or experiences at the meeting. They were centered on receiving from God even if, when they left the meeting or prayer time, they felt no immediate change.
Fervency, fire and passion are not inextricably tied to shouting, jumping, running, dancing, clapping or enthusiastic physical or verbal expressions of joy. Fervency is however very tied to an unwavering intimate relationship with God through prayer and worship. That can manifest as clapping, jumping and shouting, but more often true abiding fervency and passion is expressed in our daily interactions with God and with the people He has placed in our lives. It flows out of us as tears of intercession over lost souls and nations trapped in sin, or as rivers of living water to our family members, co-workers and neighbors. It says in Jeremiah 20 that the word of God became fire in his bones (Jer 20:9) and in Psalm 104:4 it says God makes His ministers flames of fire. That happened for both Jeremiah and the Psalmist because of the presence of God in their lives.
Fervency is a choice, because daily we must choose to come into the presence of God or not and choose whether to receive from Him or not. Then it is our choice whether to keep all we receive from Him for ourselves, or to pass on what He has imparted to others. It is in the giving away that the fire keeps burning. There is no lack of fiery passion and fervency in the presence of God. He will daily light “your match.” There is a lack on our part of choosing to go boldly to the throne of Grace, receive out of His abundance and share what we have received. Romans 12:10-13, Hebrews 4:14-15
We can sit passionless and hope that something triggers a fire in us, or we can actively choose to say to our God, I want your presence and all You have for me. I choose to be fervent in my pursuit of YOU. Jesus said when we do that, when we keep our eyes fixed on God, then everything else will be added to us, when we give to God He will pour back to us more than we can contain. Luke 12:32-37, Luke 6:38
Father, we choose to fervently seek Your presence. I pray in Jesus name, that we would not only seek You, but receive from You, and flow with Your love and passion as we give away all that we receive to the people around us in great need. Let Your fiery love flow through us! AMEN!