by Rhea Beaudry, guest blogger
The new movie “WAR ROOM” is about the tremendous resource we as Christians have in the limitless power of prayer and intercession. Why is it important to develop one’s prayer life and strategy to the best it can be? Because we have a very real enemy who lurks around the edges of our circumstances and our loved ones, cunningly seeking to distract, deceive, and divide you from seeking the Lord and from building healthy relationships with your spouse, children, or other people. His goal is to steal, kill, and destroy as scripture says.
We have to learn how to do battle in prayer, not try to defeat such an enemy in our own strength.
Scripture is full of examples of prayer warriors who learned to go to the Lord FIRST.
Joshua would pray first before engaging in a battle. For example, before attempting to conquer Jericho, he sought the Lord first, and carefully obeyed all of the instructions the Lord gave him to use as his battle strategy.
Jehoshophat was warned that the enemy armies of the Moabites and Ammonites were approaching to destroy the kingdom. He went immediately to the Lord, and prayed:
“O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? 7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? 8 And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, 9 ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ II Chronicles 20:6-9
Jehosophat led his people in seeing the Lord, and through a prophet, He told them:
” You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” (v 17)
When the army went forth to the battle, the soldiers were preceded by the worshippers, and the Lord completely defeated the enemy for them.
Esther, before going into the king, a decision that could have taken her life because she was not invited before the king, asked the people to spend three days fasting and praying first.
Even Jesus, before He chose His disciples, spent time in prayer first.
These examples are for our admonition. Before we engage in an issue, a battle, or a decision, we need to spend time in prayer first. When we read the scriptures about giving the Lord our tithe, we associate that with the ten percent of our money which belongs to the Lord. Have you ever thought about tithing your time? There are 24 hours in a day, or 1,440 minutes. Ten percent of that would be 144 minutes, or 2.4 hours. That seems like a lot—and I suppose it would be if there were a law saying that I had to be on my knees in a quiet place in order to give time to God. But that is not the case. We are to live our lives unto Him, giving Him first place in all of our time. But there is much to be said for having a special place where you go for prayer each day. Making and keeping a daily appointment with Him will bring us to a place where we are in position to receive from Him. Go to your war room—your prayer closet—and seek the Lord. When we seek Him with all of our hearts, he will be found by us. (I Chronicles 28:9) He is the One who knows the solution and can help us through any circumstance in the way that will be best for us, and bring glory to the Father.
So how do we fight? We fight in prayer, first seeking in our “war room” the strategy of the One who can handle anything! Trust Him, keep your faith in Him, and go to war in prayer.
For additional resources for the War Room movie visit http://warroomthemovie.com/
“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 NLT
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