When was the last time you heard of a woman giving up precious closet space? Credit a pandemic and the movie War Room for that remarkable choice.
Released in August 2015, War Room ignited the prayer life of Christian women across North America. Ironically, panned by movie critics as “a glossy, elongated infomercial for prayer,” War Room delivered just that.
There are now dozens of women who credit the movie, combined with a companion Bible study, for being the catalysts that sparked a revival in their prayer life.
Victory Doesn’t Come By Accident
Written and directed by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, War Room tells the story of Tony (T.C. Stalling) and his wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer). Along with good jobs, they have a nice house and a beautiful daughter. Beneath the surface, however, their marriage is in trouble. Tony keeps Elizabeth in the dark about what is happening in his life, which leaves Elizabeth feeling angry, bitter, and resentful.
Elizabeth meets a new client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), a quirky, elderly woman who speaks her mind. As Miss Clara shows Elizabeth around her house, she points out her “second favorite room,” which includes what she calls a “Wall of Remembrance.” It’s a list of answered prayers. “When I look at it I’m reminded that God is still in control, and that encourages me,” she explains.
More Than A Closet
But Miss Clara’s favorite room in the home is her “War Room”—a closet with prayer requests covering the walls. When Elizabeth begins to open up about her marriage problems, Miss Clara says, “Can I ask you how much you pray for your husband?”
She goes on to explain, “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.”
The War Rooms of Women
I Will Hear From Heaven
I can’t think of any other initiative or program than War Room that better focuses on the power of prayer so clearly and so boldly.
Just because we call ourselves Christians means nothing unless we are actively praying for our family, friends and those Jesus has called us to minister to. I don’t mean the kind of prayer thrown up now and then so we can feel like we’ve prayed. I mean actual, on our knees, sincere from every ounce of our being, prayers.
A pandemic means war. COVID-19 has isolated us from gathering. Take the opportunity to get with God in the solitude of a War Room.
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“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
Clara’s War Room Prayer
Lord, You are good and You are mighty and You are merciful!
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! 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.
I pray for unity among those that love 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 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!
(Above) Three warriors in one of the oldest War Rooms in Canadian history – Notre Dame Basilica.
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There are moments that reaffirm my faith in a way no one else would expect. Often they are uneventful or routine to the outside viewer but they are like fireworks inside my heart.
Jocelyn explained how this study came about and the Holy Spirit’s persistence that she organize it. I am so grateful she did. This study was one of those reaffirming moments.
I have watched War Room in the theatre and then literally 15 or more times since it came onto our on demand services, many of those times before this study began. It speaks to me as no other movie has. I know it sounds silly to identify with a movie so deeply, especially when I have excellent books and the Bible at my disposal, but it seriously hit me right between my eyes!
So imagine my genuine joy and surprise when the study was announced!! Here I would have an opportunity to explore it’s impact on a deeper level. So I signed up!
All this time, since watching the movie in the theatre, I had been mentally planning a corner of my bedroom as a war room as Clara had with her closet. I found myself stuck with the logistics of setting it up. Then the study began and I NEEDED to set it up immediately. So I chose a little area in our loft as my own. It is not private but it pays to be mom because I can make it private by putting everyone to bed! 😉
I wanted it to be perfect. I spent nearly an hour finding the right items to place in it and organizing everything into my steamer trunk. Then I was faced with what I would do. How would I begin? So I jumped right into it.
That first night was unimaginable! I studied and read like never before and prayed for longer than I ever had. I was off to a great start!
Then…well, I felt like I was trudging through a swamp emotionally. Like everything felt raw and nothing would go right.
I’d love to say I recognized it for what it was and ran to my prayer room, but I did not. I failed. I allowed the enemy to affect my day. I lost that battle.
I reflected on that and felt ashamed (more enemy talk). So I prayed right where I was. Imagine my audacity to pray outside of my war room?! I’d spent hours setting it up. How could I just pray in my living room chair? 😉
Have you ever laughed at yourself while sitting alone? I certainly did! I laughed and laughed at my gullibility to allow the enemy make me feel less than for not using a specific space to pray. How foolish that I’d bought that lie!
So today, I use my war room but I also pray in my chair, in my bed, in my van, in the line of a grocery store. I’d gotten so caught up in the beauty of the movie that I’d forgotten to remain open to the Holy Spirit and simply “pray without ceasing.” My “black and white” nature had paralyzed me when I didn’t do things to my own expectations and that left me open to the enemy. No more!
To quote Elizabeth in the movie, “I’m tired of you stealing my joy!” I won’t be allowing that again. He failed as he always will. Jesus Christ defeated him and it is time for me to go to war in the way God designed!
Wow. I think trading “closet” space for your experience was a no brainer. God bless you warrior Calay.
I’d love to post a picture of my war room but I can’t see how it can be attached on here. Thank you for hosting the movie in your church, I’d love to see it again, I’ll save the date. Blessings 🙂 and thanks for the post.
Hi Tammy. You could email your pic to email@example.com
Done did it, thanks Pastor Bob 🙂 Have a great day!