The movie War Room was where I first heard about creating a war room for prayer.
I honestly thought the movie wouldn’t be child-friendly when I first heard the title.
Once I watched it, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Directed by the Kendrick brothers, War Room is an amazing, God-inspired, movie.
In it, Clara Williams teaches a younger woman the power of prayer and her story behind it.
It’s an amazing story about how powerful prayer is, and how it accomplishes much more in marriage than nagging and complaining ever will.
God has taught me a lot about prayer in the last couple of years.
Prayer is much more powerful than we believe.
It is a weapon of spiritual warfare, and pleasing to God. When we doubt that God hears our prayers, it is the devil that puts those lies in our heads.
Do you sometimes feel like you have no time to pray?
I fall into this sometimes.
There are many responsibilities that I have, but what I have discovered is that I have no time NOT to pray.
The Bible instructs us to pray without ceasing, and while we can not be in our prayer closet continually, this instructs us to take everything to God.
God wants a relationship with you, and He cares about the small and meaningless things too.
I once read about a lady that prayed over her laundry. Whose ever clothes she was folding, she prayed for that person.
That pile of laundry? Turns out to be a blessing after all!
While we can, and should, pray throughout our day, going into a special closet or area for dedicated prayer is instructed by Jesus in Matthew 6:6 (NKJV):
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
Jesus is instructing his disciples that they should not make their prayers like the hypocrites do, who pray to be seen of men.
Public prayer is good, but public prayer that is done for the praise of men is wrong, and these have their reward on earth.
A private prayer closet will grow your relationship with God.
In my own experience, the moments when I have been dedicated to spending time in God’s presence, in prayer, and in stillness, are the times I have grown most spiritually.
God wants a relationship with you, and spending time in His Word and in prayer will help you to grow in that relationship.
What is a War Room For Prayer?
The concept of a war room is a dedicated room where key people come together to solve a difficult problem. In business, they are also called situation rooms, control rooms, or command centers.
Do you not need a war room in your life? A dedicated place where you and God come together to solve a difficult problem?
A war room for prayer is a dedicated room where you spend time and prayer with God, to solve difficult problems in your life, and grow your relationship with Him.
Tips on Setting Up A Dedicated War Prayer Room
So how do you set up a dedicated war prayer room? Everyone’s prayer room will look different. There is no wrong or right way.
A dedicated prayer strategy and a disciplined time to pray will help you get into the habit of fighting the spiritual war on your knees.
1.Choose Your Place
Your prayer closet does not need to be in your closet.
If you have a closet where you have the space for it, great. If not, you can pick any place that is quiet and has little or no distractions.
Clear the clutter.
If you’re like me, most closets are overflowing. A Walk In closet works great, but even another small space does the job.
Set up a place where you can sit, or kneel.
Clear a Wall For your Prayers, or see Step #3.
2.Create A Solid Prayer Strategy
Some people struggle with knowing how to pray.
Creating a praying strategy like this one by Alonda will help you surrender your problems, as well as be consistent in your appeal to God.
3.Create a War Binder
In the War Room movie, Clara stuck her prayers on her prayer closet wall.
While I love this idea, I also realize that is not feasible for a lot of us.
Laurie has a resource that can help you set up your own War Binder. You can get that here.
4.War Room Prayer Wall
If you have room for a prayer wall, I highly recommend this.
Write out your prayers, as well as bible verses to pray over that request. Don’t forget to write down prayers of thankfulness as well.
Praise God for the good that he does in your life. Writing down and posting your prayers will serve as a reminder of how GOOD and GRACIOUS God truly is.
5.Dedicate A Time
If you’ve done all this, and still need to start spending dedicated time in it, I’m with you.
I know how important all of this is, but making a new habit is hard. Schedule a time that works for you.
There was a time where I felt guilty that I had a hard time starting my day in God’s Word and prayer.
However, I realized that there is no law that states you have to spend time with God at the beginning of the day!
I wish I could, but for me at the stage of life that I am currently in, evenings seem to work out better.
After the children are in bed, and the house is quiet, that’s my special time.
I don’t do this every day, but I know I should.
Determine what part of your day is your time in your prayer closet. It might be in the morning, but it might also be during naptime.
Find what works best for you.
The reason I am writing this today is that I need to become more diligent with the WAR against evil.
This is for me, as much as for you.
The power of prayer is often misused, as well as forgotten about. The prayer of a fervent man avails much.
Fervent prayer, which is God-honoring and in His will, has the power to break down strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4,5
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Set up your own war room for prayer, and let’s start fighting for our marriages, our families, and our country on our knees. You with me?