I’m not a fan of most of the Christian movies I have seen in the past. The message usually isn’t strong enough to get past the mediocre acting, weak stereotypes, and trite moralism. However, War Room was different. As I watched this movie with several friends, I felt the Spirit of God prompting me to pray. The ending credits made me feel the urge to get down on my knees right there. The urge to pray more hasn’t passed almost two weeks after seeing the movie.
SOMETHING about the movie made me want to pray more, harder, better, than I ever have before.
Always before when I heard about “prayer warriors”, I always pictured them as supremely-spiritual, unrealistic people who could somehow rise in the middle of the night to spend hours on their knees. I felt as though I had to be just like these super-humans who seemed to not need sleep…or my prayers would be a failure.
Now I see that prayer is simply having a conversation with God as I seek Him with my whole heart. War Room inspired me to make that happen more regularly. I didn’t empty my closet and tape notes to the wall, like Miss Clara, but I have found a place to seek Him. A place that is private. A place where my Bible and my notebook are. A place where I can close the door.
In Matthew 6, Jesus gives us two guidelines for our prayer-place.
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” —Matthew 6:5-6 ESV (emphasis added)
Because Jesus knew the temptation to look pious before others, He warned us about it first…even before He set out the “Lord’s Prayer” as our guide in the following verses.
Yesterday, I asked my friends to send pictures of their personal “war rooms” for this blog post. I received so many pictures that I could that I could not use them all.
These places are personal. They are private. They reflect the needs of the person using them. They are holy places where people seek God in the real world…
One friend prays in her car before starting her work day.
Two friends pray in their showers where they are alone with no distractions.
Several pray on their couches or recliners.
Some use notebooks as substitutes for Miss Clara’s prayer wall.
One found a corner in the basement.
Another prays in her kitchen in the morning while her house is quiet.
These are the real “war rooms”. These places are where people fight their battles on their knees. You can have a prayer-place, too. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to look like these. The important thing is to SEEK GOD!
Let’s start a prayer revolution. Let’s humble ourselves before God, find out what He’s up to, and get on board.