Hello Loves! It’s me again, and I’m back to talk more about the movie War Room. I said it before and I’ll say it again. If you are someone who has a lukewarm Christian life, watch it, and watch it again, and if you’re like me watch it a 3rd time but with a notebook in hand. This movie has taught me so many things.
I’ve been blogging since 2010 and I have yet taken you down this path. But one of the things I took from the movie War Room is that I need this part of my life to be important and it’s important to share with others. If just one person walks away from reading this article inspired to grow spiritually, then I’ve done well. If more do then well, I’m giving that praise to God. Anyways let’s get to talking about the movie.
from filmmakers Stephen and Alex Kendrick
Again I would like to stress If you haven’t seen this movie, go watch it. Trust me you’ll later be just as excited as I am now. In the meantime, I will briefly explain what the movie is about.
The War Room shows us a Christian family going through so many of the things we experience in our own lives. Careers, children, busy schedules and how they affect us. You know that point when we get too busy and there is no time for quality time with your spouse, the children, or God.
Tony the husband is the one struggling with focusing on family life, and his spiritual world is lacking too. This causes the wife, (Elizabeth) to often confront him. Just like in real life the movie shows them arguing, pointing fingers, and placing fault & blame on one another. The husband feels like he can’t get control over it, and he seeks more positive attention elsewhere and is on the verge of an affair.
Elizabeth is fully aware of what’s happening to her marriage, and the affair her husband is contemplating. She meets Miss Clara a new client, and they become friends. Just like in most friendships, they talk about her situation. Miss Clara tells her that fighting and arguing with her husband would never help. She reminds Elizabeth that her faith needs to be on fire and not lukewarm.
Eventually, Miss Clara shows Elizabeth her favorite room in her house, which isn’t really a room but a closet. She calls it her War Room, her place to fight battles with prayer. Elizabeth learns through Miss Clara how to fight her battles with prayer, and teaches her that she must pray strategic specific prayers.
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Elizabeth creates her own War room and through prayers, God answers her in ways most of us would never believe. That affair her husband contemplated never happened, that night he mysteriously became sick to his stomach. So many other blessings in disguised happened too. Watch the movie. *Smiles*
The end result was the marriage grew stronger, the relationship between the father and daughter was stronger and the family’s relationship with God was on fire. Elizabeth and her husband even start praying together in their War Room.
Yes, my loves, it’s a movie but it shows us some pretty powerful things. We all know that Faith makes all things possible.
War Room – My thoughts
Most of us have had some of the situations in the movie happen in our own lives. This makes it easier to relate to the storyline of the movie. What many of us don’t understand or can’t relate too is the power of prayer.
But the movie makes it easier to relate to the power of prayer, by linking prayer to everyday real-life drama. They aren’t big pink fluffy prayers to the “man upstairs” either. It’s about real life situations that need spiritual battle and God’s miraculous intervention.
I can’t think of any movie I’ve seen that focused on the power of prayer so clearly and so boldly. We walk away with a challenge as a person, as couples or partners, and as parents, to make prayer a big part of our lives.
War Room – Things I took from the Movie
There are so many things that I got out of watching this movie. I want to say that the things that each of us takes from this movie will probably be different. Mostly, because of the places each of us are in our lives. And, if you watch it again in 3 months you’re going to pick up something else that’s meaningful.
Fighting your enemy with Prayer
Miss Clara, after hearing Elizabeth talk about her husband and his wrongs, tells her this. “You’re fighting the wrong enemy. It’s not your job to fix your husband—you need to plead with God so He can do what only He can do, then get out of the way.”
How many times have you argued with your husband, child, co-worker and feel like it’s a never-ending battle? Well, my friends, it is. Just like Miss Clara said, “You’re fighting the wrong enemy.” But not only that you’re also fighting the wrong way. Why not pray and plead to God, and ask him to fight the battle for you?
You and I both know it’s going to take someone bigger than us to help others see their wrongs. Why not just give it to God, let him do what only he can do, and get out of the way?
That’s my battle plan, that’s exactly what I do in my War Room. I will no longer give energy to things I can’t change or control. I give them to God and let him do the battle for me.
The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still – Exodus 14:14
Write your Prayers down.
Write your prayers down for your husband, children, family, growth in faith, health, finances, and anything else you feel is important. Why do you write them down? So you won’t forget, so you can pray them every time you see them. God works in amazing ways to answer prayers.
Write your Answered Prayers Down
Write down your answered prayers, what better way to praise God? But it also serves as encouragement; it reminds us how God works in amazing ways to answer prayers. Just like Miss Clara said in War Room, “I’m reminded that God is still in control, and that encourages me.” So praise God and write down those answered prayers too.
Again add this to your War Binder, Prayer Journal, and Faith Planner.
Pray .. Pray .. Pray
You can pray anytime and anywhere. No, I am not suggesting you fall to your knees in the middle of the mall and pray. But if you’re in the mall and see/hear someone that needs a prayer, sit down and pray.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing
Share your faith
Share your faith with others. No, don’t go stand on the corner and force your faith on others not interested. But ask God to send you someone you can mentor, someone you can watch grow from a lukewarm Christian to someone that’s on fire and ready to mentor someone on their own.
Learn to listen and really hear what’s being said
How many times have you been so caught up in your own thoughts, that the conversation you’re actually having goes unheard? When you’re aware of a person’s tone and expression, it can help you figure out if something is going on.
In the movie, Elizabeth and Tony’s struggles are revealed in their conversations with other people through their facial and verbal expressions.
Knowing the real Enemy
We don’t always see it and until a month or so ago I too was fighting the wrong enemy. At some point in our lives, we have self-doubt, our mind plays with us, and we doubt others close to us. You know those things don’t come from a good place.
They come from the true enemy. They are the devil playing his little games with us. He knows what buttons to push and he loves watching us squirm under his little finger. He’s the enemy, not your husband, boyfriend, not your mind playing with you.
In the movie Elizabeth prays throughout her house, I am not talking about on her knees quieting talking with God either. She gets loud and strategic; she also isn’t just talking to God either. She’s literally telling the devil to get out of her house, her life and sending him back to the pits of hell. Below is the prayer she prayed.
I don’t know where you are, Devil, but I know you can hear me.
You have played with my mind and had your way long enough.
No more. You are done!
Jesus is the Lord of this house. And that means there’s no place for you here anymore.
So take your lies, your schemes, and your accusations, and get out in Jesus’ name!
You can’t have my marriage.
You can’t have my daughter.
And you sure can’t have my man.
This house is under new management and that means you are out!
And another thing.
I am so sick of you stealing my joy, but that’s changing, too.
My joy doesn’t come from my friends. It doesn’t come from my job.
It doesn’t even come from my husband.
My joy is found in Jesus. And just in case you forgot, he has already defeated you.
So go back to Hell where you belong and leave my family alone.
The only words I can muddle up are … Wow, that’s powerful and bold. Really, we can shout at our husbands, children, friends and often ourselves when we are angry. But how many times have you shouted at the real enemy the devil?
Miss Clara’s War Room Prayer
Then there is Miss Clara’s War Room Prayer. Just read it and think about how powerful it is. You can see the relationship she has with God in her prayer.
You’ve done it again, Lord. You’ve done it again. You are good and You are mighty and You are merciful! And You keep taking care of me when I don’t deserve it.
Praise You, Jesus! You are Lord. Give me another one, Lord. Guide me to who you want me to help. Raise up more that will call upon Your name! Raise up those that love You and seek You and trust You!
Raise them up, Lord! Raise them up! Lord, we need a generation of believers who are not ashamed of the gospel. We need an army of believers, Lord, that hate to be lukewarm and will stand on Your word above all else. Raise them up, Lord. Raise them up.
I pray for unity among those that love You. I pray that You open their eyes so that they can see Your truth, Lord. I pray for Your hand of protection and guidance! Raise up a generation, Lord, that will take light into this world. That will not compromise when under pressure! That will not cower, Lord, when others fall away!
Raise them up, Lord, that they will proclaim that there is salvation in the name of Jesus Christ! Raise up warriors, Lord, who will fight on their knees, who will worship You with their whole hearts, Lord. Lord, call us to battle, that we may proclaim You King of Kings and Lord of Lords! I pray these things with all my heart! Raise them up, Lord! Raise them up!
War Room – Final Thoughts
I have watched the movie once and I got many things out of it. I am learning to use those things in my own prayer life. It’s a learning process but I am determined and I accept the challenge that the movie provokes. It’s all somewhat new to me, although I’ve always believed in God I wasn’t seeking him until recently. I’ll write more about that later.
Have you seen the movie yet? Have you seen it and now realize that you want to watch it again. No matter where you are in your faith journey, I urge you to continue to grow in faith. Seek God, praise him, and pray.
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