The name itself brings about visions of soldiers gathered around planning their defenses on the front line of the battlefield. Yet, we’re not going out there carrying guns, preparing to go to war with firearms. Our war is a different one, but the enemy is relentless just the same. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. And that is why we must fight our battle on our knees in prayer!
A spiritual war is going on.
Imagine having the best of everything: nice house, picture perfect marriage on the outside, beautiful child, great job with wonderful benefits. You never realize that you’re under attack as he creeps in slowly, determined to take you down. That is exactly what happened in the movie War Room. Although this was a made up movie, I am sure that many couples can identify with the crisis situations their entire family went through when under attack by the devil. I know I sure could.
Several months back, I received an invitation for a pre-screening of this movie. I asked my husband if he would like to go with me, explaining that we could take this opportunity to have a date night. I had no idea what this movie was about, but the title itself brought about the very visions that I spoke of in the first paragraph of this post.
I’ll never forget walking into the theater, taking my seat along with the others, and watching as my life from the year before played out in front of my eyes on the screen. While it was not identical to what my family and I went through, there were certainly some similarities. I sat there with tears streaming down my face as I felt all of those emotions all over again.
Every one should have a “Miss Clara” in their life. She is one of the main characters in this movie, and she is so filled with the holy spirit. She is on a mission to mentor to people and help them draw closer to God, and I wish I had a Miss Clara when my family and I were going through our trials the year before this movie hit theaters. My dad was the closest I had to a “Miss Clara,” and he kept me strong in my faith as I fought, begged, pleaded, and prayed through tears many days and nights for my marriage, my family, my children, and my husband!
Miss Clara shared how she fights her battles in prayer in her War Room. She turned an ordinary closet in her home into a place where she made specific prayer strategies and prayed with all of her might while turning to scriptures to strengthen and encourage her.
Another main character, Elizabeth, was struggling with bitterness in her marriage while her husband, Tony, was flirting with temptation. Miss Clara had Elizabeth write down a list of things that troubled her about her marriage and then asked her to turn it over to God. Pray over it. Fight for her marriage!
A pivotal moment was when Elizabeth prayed over her husband, her marriage and her family. Then she got angry and went through the house rebuking the devil, letting him know that he was NOT welcome there and that he could NOT have her family! I felt such emotion well up inside of me as I, too, had done something very similar the year before!
Another pivotal moment was when Tony, Elizabeth’s husband, realized that his wife was praying for him. He found the scriptures and specific prayers his wife had written down and placed on the wall in her war room. He began to realize the error in his ways and how wrong his actions had been. He was not happy with the person he had become, and he fell on his knees before the Lord asking for forgiveness. Later, he humbled himself before Elizabeth when he asked for her forgiveness as well. This was powerful to see a man confessing his sins before the Lord and his wife. I imagine it was also empowering to men every where who have been taught untruths as boys that “real men don’t cry.” This man had rivers of tears flowing several times when God convicted his heart. He cried and begged for forgiveness as he sought to turn from his sinful ways.
To say that this movie is powerful would truly be an understatement. There are not enough words in the human language to adequately express how truly inspiring and moving this movie truly is! It isn’t just a movie. It has brought about movement! I, personally, know of a women that was so inspired by this movie that she created a war room in her house as well.
Growing up, I heard them making reference to going into your closet and praying. I’ll never forget the impact of those words I heard in church. I thought it odd at first, but wishing to be obedient, I literally walked into my closet as a child and prayed. I had no way of knowing that many years later, a movie would be made based on this whole concept and would encourage people around the world to go into their own closets to fight their battles in prayer!
Please … if you want to see God’s hand moving in your homes, marriages, families … begin with PRAYER! If you’re not sure where to start, the War Room movie will point you in the right direction. There are companion books to go along with this movie, one specifically states it is “A Woman’s Battle Plan For Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer;” Fervent was written by Priscilla Shirer, who played Elizabeth in War Room. Another book sure to help you is The Battle Plan For Prayer: From Basic Training To Targeted Strategies by Stephen & Alex Kendrick, the master minds behind War Room.
This movie comes out on DVD December 22, 2015. I encourage you to BUY this movie! It is one that you will watch again and again. Thanks to FlyBy Productions/Propeller, we were given an advanced copy of this not yet released DVD. My 11 year old daughter was glued to this movie the entire time. Our 18 year old daughter watched it as well. I believe they, too, were impacted by this movie.
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