How To Make A War Room

BEHIND THE FILM

I’m sure many of you have seen the amazing film, War Room. If you haven’t, I highly recommend watching it:)  

The film starts off by introducing Tony (T.C. Stallings) and Elizabeth Jordan (Priscilla Shirer). They have a big house, a beautiful daughter, and plenty of money, what more could they want, right? But one thing that they hide is the stress in their marriage. The film later introduces the elderly Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie) who wants to sell her house and move in with her son in the city. She was quick to notice the stress Elizabeth is under and shows her a closet that the elderly lady calls as her “War Room”, because as she puts it, "In order to stand up and fight the enemy, you need to get on your knees and pray."

But there’s more to that amazing story line. Did you know that the film originally was supposed to have white cast members? Alex Kendrick later told his audience that before casting the film, he had dreams about  having a predominately african-american cast which he later believed that God was trying to tell him something. The Kendrick brothers then switched the characters to make it more like Alex’s dream. Later on, Sony became a bit concerned with having mostly African American cast produced by a white-led production company. But Stephen and Alex both stuck to their ideas.

The film was released only months after the Charleston church shooting, the entire cast believed that this was no coincidence. When Affirm Films first saw the film, they said, "If this had been told with a different race, it would be a different movie."

“Because of so many racial problems, this movie will give people a way to take these problems to the Lord and show them that prayer is the best weapon to fight back."

HOW TO START YOUR WAR ROOM

Starting is honestly as easy as eating a piece of pie! All you need is:

  • Several notebooks (Because you can’t have too much of those! Lol.)
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Sticky notes
  • Your Bible or bible(s), for those who love switching from one translation to the next like I do!
  • And last but not least, yourself!
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ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, PRAY!

Really, you can use anything you like. These utensils is just something that I love using for my  personal space at home. The way I like to get started is choosing your favorite room in your house that isn’t occupied. It can be anything from your laundry room, to the towel closet, to even your own closet. If you don’t have that option, I’ll tell you a great alternative in a second!

For me, my husband and I have separate closets, so I like using my closet for this. What you could start by doing is take two pieces of paper and on one, write down “People to Pray for” and on the other “This Life I simply can’t live without you”. The first paper, write down all or most of the people you want to pray for and bullet a few things to pray for in that persons life.

On the other paper, write down prayers for your life. Things you want to achieve, or things you need Gods help with, as shown in the picture above.

If you’re anything like me, I prefer a raw experience, meaning I don’t like cramping a small space with furniture. I’m more of a sit-on-the-floor-and-pray kind of girl. I’ve seen pictures of so many war rooms and honestly they look incredible! But I enjoy having a clean surface with no distractions when I talk to God. I’ll later show more of my War Room of what I mean!


WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A CLOSET TO USE?

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Can you keep a secret? * Whispering * I don’t actually pray in my closet. I enjoy praying near my bed every morning. I use my walk-in closet mainly to put up prayers and encouragement on the walls. Being in that closet makes me feel extremely claustrophobic! But when I pray beside my bed, I feel more open and relaxed. If you don’t have a closet to hang up your prayers, no worries! Grab a journal and write to your hearts content, or you can own your very own prayer binder. and fill it up with prayers as well.

About five years ago, when I was in seventh grade, I started writing prayers on my google drive. I only found them a few days ago. I forgot that I had even written them! (They dated all the way back to 2013). As I read through them, some letters brought happiness, others brought joy, and then there were other smaller letters that brought me sadness and tears. Through the years, I collected four other journals, all filled with childish prayers. Made me realize quite a few things about myself. And I still write in those journals, mind you:)

Back when I was still not married, that’s exactly what I did with my prayer life since I didn’t have a closet to use for my own accord.

In your journal, at the start of every page write down the date and what you’re praying for. Fill the pages with pictures, sticky notes, writings, even printed out photographs! Make it as unique as possible! Remember, this is your prayer journal, you can do whatever you want with it! If you’re angry one day, scribble on one page with a black marker and label “God, I give this Anger to you”. If you’re feeling happy and bubbly, draw flowers and hearts on the other page and write, “God, I praise you for these blessings”.

But there’s one thing to remember, come to God with simplicity.


THIS IS THE NOW, NOT THE THEN!

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys being online more than offline, no problem! There are countless of ways to write prayers online! You can use your google drive (for those who use gmail) and then later print out your prayers and tape them to your wall. You can design your prayers with pretty fonts, colors and emojis. Put beautiful borders around your prayers, print them out and put them in your binder. Or you can turn it into a website or blog. Your possibilities are endless.

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My husband is far more text savvy than I am, but I do love to design my prayers online from time to time. After all, you don’t have to worry about broken pencils, misspelled words, ink smudges, fights with the white-out, or even hide-and-seek with the eraser.

BE DORA THE EXPLORER

Anybody remember that annoying show where a little girl goes all the way across the globe just to explore, get in trouble and stop a fox from swiping important objects that you can’t even pronounce in spanish?? Where are my 90’s kids?!

No matter how badly you wanted to strangle this six-year-old kid or just how annoying the show got, one thing this girl constantly did was EXPLORE. She didn’t care how deep she got, how dirty she got, how far from home she got. All she did all day long was explore. Making a Prayer room is your personal preference. Your personality. Your character. You make it into your dream room. You can make it funky and fun, or down to earth and prayerful. Explore your passions, interests and hobbies. But most importantly, seek the lord above all else!