My shelves are filled with books, many of them on prayer, and I know that in time, the “War Room” books will take their place along side other treasured favorites and classics, only to be pulled out occasionally in other seasons. How can I get the most out of them and apply the truth in them to my life?
Timely and well thought out, these resources are practical tools for this season. What I appreciate about these books is the focus remains not on the human authors, but on The Author and Perfecter, the “starter” and “finisher”, of Our Faith (Hebrews 12:2) and the eternal Word of God.
THE Tool for Every Season
Like other tools that has been a blessing in the seasons past, these War Room tools are potent because they align with the Truth of Scripture and equip God’s people to actually PRAY. It’s not in buying them or just reading them, but rather in apply them and USING them in PRAYER that they are powerful.
Ultimately, their lasting value is in how they direct us to GOD HIMSELF and point us to THE ONE TOOL for EVERY SEASON, the Word of God.
War Room – the movie
I’m sure most of you who are reading this have already seen the movie; so I will not go into describing it here. Instead, here are a few favorite lines…
Monologue from the opening scene:
"War. It's been a part of humanity in every age. We fight for power, for riches, for rights, or for freedom. There always seems to be something to fight for, but one thing has remained true of every war, behind the field of battle someone has developed a strategy. This was part of my husbands role in the army. He would look at what the enemy was doing, then begin putting together the recourses and the plan to fight against them.... I find myself amazed that of the many battles we engage in today, be it money, control, or the matters of the heart, very few of us know how to fight the right way or understand who we are fighting against. To win any battle, you've got to have the right strategy and resources; because victories don't come by accident."
Miss Clara’s prayer from the end of the movie can be our prayer, too:
"You’ve done it again, LORD. You’ve done it again. You are good, and You are mighty, and You are merciful. And You keep taking care of me when I don’t deserve it. 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. Raise up 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. Raise them up, LORD,raise them up! I pray for unity among those that love You. I pray that 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 them up, LORD, that they will proclaim that there is Salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. 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! I pray these things with all my heart! Raise them up, LORD! Raise them up! Amen!"
(Why not print out that prayer and slip it into your prayer notebook???)
Along with the compelling movie, the books have been a worthwhile investment. “For such a time as this”, the LORD has certainly blessed these resources!
Fervent – Scriptures and Cards
Besides being well written and quotable, Priscilla Shirer’s book, Fervent, reminds me of Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word, in that it points the reader to the Word of God as the real weapon for victory in fighting any battle.
The chapter titles (all strategies of the enemy) are well chosen themes, with each chapter ending with a selection of verses that apply to that area.
I appreciated the summaries of each (p. 15-17). For one of our homework assignments, I encouraged our prayer group to personally choose one word for each strategy that summarized the method the enemy uses most to attack each of us personally. For example, here are a few of mine:
His attacks against…
- Your Passion (under-estimate)
- Your Focus (distract)
- Your Confidence (comparison)
- Your Relationships (division)
Finally, ripping out the cards in the back and filling them in with requests to pray in this “War Room” has been a blessing to me personally. Though I’ve had this book for a while, it wasn’t until our entire prayer group decided to use it that I actually used these cards.
We are filling them in with the requests that we want to see the LORD answer during the months of our using this study. (I’ve placed these in the “petition” pocket of my Pray 7 Days prayer book; though I pull them out more than just on Mondays.)
Though we pray about many things in our prayer group as the Holy Spirit leads us, we are ending our time together by taking out our filled in cards, setting them before the LORD, and praying over them, like Hezekiah did in 2 Kings 19.
v. 14 "Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. (You can read his prayer and the LORD's answer through the prophet Isaiah in the following verses.)
The Battle Plan – Appendix
My favorite part of Stephen and Alex Kendrick’s book, The Battle Plan, was the Appendix. I couldn’t bring myself to rip these out of my book; so I photo copied them and placed them in the various sections to which they best applied throughout my prayer book.
Like other lists I have used in the past, I continued numbering the items under each topic to 30; so I could focus on one item for prayer each day of the month. (On the 31st, I choose several the items that catch my eye or are most needed. — FYI: For shorter prayer lists, I number them 1-7, and prayer about one each day of the week.)
(idea: You can add a small piece of “washi tape” to your paper clips to turn them into a little “flag” that you can move up or down your list to mark where you last left off in prayer.)
War Room – Bible Study
This simple, but excellent, Bible study is only 5 weeks long, with only 3 days of assignments for each week. Our group decided to stretch it out over a 10 week period. This gives us more time to read and apply the other two books as well.
The questions are not difficult, nor the homework long, but are broad/specific enough to prompt as deep or surface a discussion as the group allows. And, I am blessed to have some friends who want to mine the depths of the “deep, deep love of Jesus” and the intimacy He offers us in prayer.
I am praying for you that if you are part of (or if you begin) a prayer group of your own that you will vulnerably encourage your friends to go ever deeper!
This is not intended to be a commercial. Rather, I hope that you will be encouraged to not just buy, read, and shelve the resources available to you, but that you will hungrily devour and consume every delicious crumb of truth in all your selectively chosen books.
As the searching and ever wandering poet Thoreau said, “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” He was seeking “the abundant life” that we have found. So, let’s savor it. Let’s live it fervently, victoriously!