War Room is a movie that many won’t see because of its limited screening at somewhat unfriendly times. It is, however, as inspiring as any viewer will allow it to be if accepting that there is a God who still answers prayer and calls us to bring even our most difficult problems to Him. What I particularly loved about the film was its avoidance of a simplistic portrayal of life and its clear presentation of some helpful keys to practising spiritual warfare which the Bible encourages all Christians to exercise. Here’s a few keys shown in the movie which enable effective prayer that increasingly gets results.
- The use of Scripture as our live ammunition in the gun of prayer. Confessing and believing Scripture lays claim to the Word of God (and not just the words from God). This has the ability to effect change. It pulls down the power of evil in our lives as we launch it by declaration of its truth (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Ephesians 6:18).
- The commitment to declaring the Name of Jesus as the authority by which we take a stand on the promises of God (John 14:14, Acts 4:12).
- The recognition that what we think are our problems with people are actually have a spiritual cause (Ephesians 6:12).
- Our persistence in prayer still recognises the sovereignty of God who is ultimately responsible for answering it (Romans 4:20-21, Hebrews 10:23).
Whatever limitations some sceptics might find in this movie, its value is in the inevitable outcome that people will pray more when watching it and that their lives will undoubtedly be better as a result. Proactive prayer is often missing in our fast-paced and busy lives and we can easily justify reactive prayer or soft-option-substitutes. Spiritual warfare is God’s way to breakthrough and is not a form of specialised prayer for a dedicated few. Its use doesn’t make a person better than anyone else, either, just better off!