I’ve always heard a song or seen movie that I knew was so impacting I wish I were a part of it. Silly, I know. A couple songs, a couple of movies, a couple of events and movements make me feel like “man I wish I was in that”. Welp, war room was much different. I know I’m in a battle of my own. The details are unimportant because the enemy remains the same. He just moves in and out of different territory.
As I watched War Room, I felt like I was at Elevation church…(or in a theater talking to a screen). My “uhmmms” and “yeses” and “amens” were a bit spontaneous but not unwarranted. Grateful I went with another believer, I thought “this is too good not to share”. I mean this movie for me was a reminder and a call to do the work of fighting in prayer to allow the Commander of my life to take over. I took notes. Yes, they were deleted as I attempted to post them. So, to stick it to the enemy, I decided to blog. Spiritual grenade dropped.
The theme of spiritual warfare was sparked in me and in my life over a year ago when I faced one of the biggest battles of my life. I immediately realized I did not have the weaponry to win the battle and would need to call on God for training, for power, for life, for hope, for courageous, for forgiveness, for joy…for energy to get out of bed and live (fight)!
That painful dependence was comforting. I was made to admit that I could not do it alone, to accept and surrender to my Creator, to ask for forgiveness and guidance, and to cling to the promises of God. I realize its not that God wishes anything harmful for us, He just stands prepared to use and work everything into His plan for our lives. The good the bad and the ugly bow down to a risen King.
So as I stepped out of the theater, I realized there are people who have no idea that they are entering a battlefield daily with no weapons. And as a soldier fighting in the same war, once in the same position, I am to spread the good news: the Gospel, that we win, and that we can be made ready to fight. I’ll probably go back and see the movie- and bring others with me. It is too good a film not to share (and with my Stubs card I can go on Tuesday for the low low!).
I got home and didn’t wait to create my war room. See the devil gets nervous when say “we will…” and excited when we say “later”. Nike was onto something- just do it. If God had waited for me to get right before he saved me…my God! Had He waited until He had “free time” to rescue…dear God! “Imperfect action is better than perfect procrastination” and the enemy likes it when we wait, when we lose passion, when we get distracted, when we deny that it’s a life or death situation and we choose slow gradual spiritual starvation. So here’s how to create a prayer room:
1. Decide to do it
2. Give yourself a time limit
3. Clear close out of closet or to a side
4. Invite the Holy Spirit into the process (asking what needs to be there)
5. Bring the necessary items for comfort, prayer, and praise
6. Test it out
7. Thank God and pray…and pray…and pray
Not difficult. Get ‘er done. And share what you did. We share ALL kinds of other things in this society- let’s pass on the power of prayer. WAR ROOM WEDNESDAY! LOL. Yep, I said it!
A huge theme in the movie was grace. “Do you deserve grace?” Of course not, that’s a gift God gives freely, we didn’t earn it and can’t lose it. We can merely walk in it and grow in it.
2 Peter 3:18King James Version (KJV)
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Last thing. As I created my prayer room, I got out some old pictures. Wow- the impact of reflecting on memories. Looking back on the relationships of my past and present was amazing and powerful. I got mindful of this journey we call life. Everything is a part of the plan. I was reminded of joy, pain, success, failure, and most importantly my imperfection and God’s hand on my life. He is so faithful. He has been with me every step of the way. He has covered me and provided me everything I asked for, everything I’ve needed and loved me unconditionally.
John 15:12King James Version (KJV)
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
There it is. Commanders orders.