It’s been a little while since I posted here.
OK, so maybe it’s been longer than awhile, but today is a new day, and let’s just say I’ve found my inspiration, (and motivation) for writing again.
Last week I stumbled upon the trailer for Priscilla Shirer’s new movie, “War Room.” The movie is written and produced by Kendrick Brothers’ films, the same folks who brought us award winning movies like Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous. You can check out the trailer here.
Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.
When I became a Christian, I didn’t really understand how to pray. I knew that it was the key to knowing God, but my prayers felt empty. They began rather awkward, and sounded something like this.
Lord, help me have a good day.
Lord, bless me today.
Lord, make my kids behave today.
I never heard much in return to those prayers, but if I did, I’m convinced now that the reply didn’t come from God. I was clueless about how to have a right relationship with Him, let alone how to have a healthy prayer life. I can only imagine what He might have been thinking. Looking back now, I’m certain my desire wasn’t really about growing closer to God, or for the Holy Spirit to reveal my character flaws and change me. My motive was purely self centered, not God centered.
It took years and an inevitable descent into the pit for God to make sense of it all. Only then did I cry out to Him for help, and guess what?
He answered me.
I waited and waited and waited for God.
At last he looked; finally he listened.
He lifted me out of the ditch,
pulled me from deep mud.
He stood me up on a solid rock
to make sure I wouldn’t slip.
He taught me how to sing the latest God-song,
a praise-song to our God.
Psalm 40:1-3 (Message)
God taught me how to sing all right. In prayer.
When I finally came to the place of surrendering my ways for Gods, His Word became my guide; out of my mess, and into His masterpiece. He revealed to me that the key to a right relationship with Him and a powerful, spirit filled prayer life could only be found in His Word. As I spent time reading books like Genesis, Romans, Corinthians, Galatians and Ephesians, meditating on the Word and it’s powerful truth, the Holy Spirit began teaching me, changing me, and changing my prayer life.
Lord, You heard my cry from the pit. You lifted me from the ditch. You stood me on a solid rock named Jesus. You keep me from slipping. You teach me how to pray.
I can identify with War Room, because God sent me a “Miss Clara” (aka My Daddy’s Girl). She came at a time when there was little in my life that hadn’t been wrecked, ruined or broken. I was forced to take inventory of my spiritual condition, and God used a real life prayer warrior and sister in Christ to mentor me right into the awesome power found in prayer. No it’s my turn.
We belong to a Mighty Savior who loves us, conquered the grave, and intercedes on our behalf, but that’s just the beginning story. Jesus had a powerful prayer life, and He prayed often.
But He Himself withdrew in retirement to the wilderness (desert) and prayed.
Luke 5:16 (AMP)
Gods Word teaches us that we have an enemy whose plan is to kill, steal and destroy everything that is of Him. Our struggle isn’t with flesh and blood; it’s with the devil and his henchmen.
It’s against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).
The battle you and I face each day is real, choosing God’s way while an evil force is at work against us, subtly luring us away from our First Love and wrecking our lives.
The good news is that we don’t have to fall for the Devils schemes.
God has given us a powerful weapon for the warfare we face.
If there’s anything that I need to do—that we need to do— it’s to pray.
The man (woman) who can pray can do anything, for prayer can do anything that God can do, and God can do anything.
Maybe you’re rocking it out in the prayer closet. If you are, then high five to ya.
But if you’re prayer life looks a little more like Shirer’s portrayal of Elizabeth; if you can’t remember the last time you entered His gates with thanksgiving and stepped into Gods inner chamber with praise, then maybe this post is for you.
But when you pray, go into your most private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.
That inspiration I mentioned at the beginning of this post?
It’s to pray.
I can’t wait for War Room to be released, but I don’t have to wait to be motivated.
If I want to fulfill God’s vision for my life; if I want to declare victory over the Enemy and find my true identity in Christ, then prayer can’t be just an occasional add-on; prayer is a daily necessity for victorious living and fulfilling my destiny.
Neglecting time alone with God can be easy in today’s chaotic culture, and it can be devastating. Our Enemy never rests, and we need to beware.
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring in fierce hunger, seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
1 Peter 5:8
He’s always waiting, always scheming, always looking for ways to trip us up.
So we should always be praying.
It doesn’t take much for us to fall for the Devils lies. We might be saved, but we’re still sinners. Only by the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross have we been been made right.
We need to stay right, and having a powerful prayer life is right living.
It doesn’t matter where your War Room is. You just need to have one.
You need to have a place where you meet with God and do battle.
That may mean you have to give something up. Put down the phone and pick up your Bible. Take a break from social media. Turn off the TV or spend less time on work. Whatever it takes, pray, and pray often.
Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.
Romans 12:12 AMP
Is your prayer life struggling? Maybe you don’t know what to pray. Praise God we don’t always have to.
So too the Holy Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance.
Romans 8:26 AMP
Jesus Christ taught his disciples to have a personal and intimate relationship with God. He showed us how we can have it, too.
Want to read more? Watch for my next post!