So, the latest BIG movie for the last few weeks has been the movie War Room. A few weeks ago my husband and I were able to take a mid afternoon date to see this powerful movie! I am happy to report we are so glad we did 🙂 Not only was it great to have a date, but to see this movie with my husband was very powerful! Then I realized none of it would matter if we as Christians do not apply what we learned from this amazing movie, so let’s apply what we learned about the power of prayer!
Last week I wrote about the prayer closet and what a real rich prayer life can look like in real life with full crazy schedules. And now I would love to share with you a few things I learned from the movie War Room.
Here are three reasons why watching the War Room is not enough and what we can do about that to help become prayer warriors:
- Pray in a specific area. The main character, Miss Clara prays in a closet. I believe she references this verse in the movie, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” Matthew 6:6 (NIV). Now let me say this, I have prayed for years in a very specific spot, but not in a closet. Although I wish I had some extra closet space I have five people living in my house, and there is NO extra closet space. Actually we use our closets for storage since we do not have a basement. I have been re-thinking the idea of trying to pray in a closet even if my space is limited, but we will see. Either way, find a specific place to pray to the Lord!
- Pray For Your Marriage and Family. In the movie, the main character is having issues in her marriage. Marriage can be a battle. I am not saying our spouses are the enemy, but I am saying if you have been married long enough then you will know that there is a war for our spiritual lives and that includes our marriages. In my first few years of marriage, our church marriage class had us read and discuss the book Sacred Marriage. The biggest take away from the entire book I have held onto (16 years later) is this quote by the author Gary Thomas, “Marriage is to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy.” At first that statement felt abrasive, but once I spent time with the Lord asking Him why that is the case, He showed me. Marriage is to help me to be more like Christ everyday. Some days I want to be selfish and put my needs above his, but God calls me to “die to my flesh.” Some days I want to run from the chaos life can bring and other days I love running to my husband for a safe place when life knocks the wind out of me. My husband & I have gone though a lot of issues through our 16 years of marriage. Not all good and not all bad. But when the bad comes, the Lord reminds me will I let my marriage grow me to become more holy in Christ. Will we allow our first husband Jesus, refine us, love us, shape us into the women God has created for our families? This is not an easy task, but if we listen to the Holy Spirit guiding us along the way, we will have peace when the storms come raging into our daily lives. The bottom line is: PRAY daily for our spouses and families and PRAY often. PRAYER = POWER!
- Prayer changes us first. In the movie the wife is very upset about her husband and all the issues they are having, but Miss Clara gives wonderful advice to her new friend. Stop talking and start fighting in a way she will win- through the power of PRAYER! When we pray it will first start to soften, change and encourage our hearts first. When I am annoyed or angered by something or someone, I must pray and give it to GOD FIRST because I need a safe place to share my thoughts and feelings my heart. Go ahead and tattle to the Lord about what the person did to you. He cares about you and He cares about them. As time goes on the Lord will show you if your feelings are deceiving you or if you need to keep praying about the situation more earnestly. Let us be Christ followers who are more dedicated about praying for our spouses, family, friends, neighbors, finances, church, and country. Let us find out first hand how powerful prayer can be!
Have you grown weary trying to fight the battles on your own?
Are you ready to do your battle in the heavenlies rather than fighting for it in the physical realm? I am praying for the strength of the Lord to help you be an overcomer through Jesus Christ!
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12