Have you seen the movie, War Room? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. I have watched it more than once, simply because it’s an awesome movie and can help increase your prayer strategy. And sometimes, we need to be reminded that prayer really DOES change things!
Whether you have or haven’t seen the movie, I think this post will still help to create a strategy that will truly empower your prayer life. It’s easy to get lost in all the prayers that we want to pray every day and sometimes, it’s as simple as writing down a few key Scriptures to get us started.
Strategy #1: Creating Relationship with God
It’s one thing to pray and ask for things. It’s quite another to just talk to our Father, without bringing needs and desires into the equation. Praise and worship are a great way to accomplish this, especially in the war room strategy.
Look to the Scriptures to see how others approached God this way. The Psalms are a great way to get your prayers started. David, a man after God’s own heart, made sure to let God know what he thought of Him at all times. In addition to his ever-repentant heart, I believe this is a major reason for that.
Great praise and worship music is another strategy that helps to enter into His presence. There’s just something about music that can transport us through time and space, and when that music is Scripturally relevant and precise, it can truly turn our thoughts toward Him in a mighty way!
Strategy #2: My Will or His?
This is one of the easiest traps to fall into… pursuing our own will instead of His. We are, by nature, a very stubborn being. Often, we want things our way and that is the first “way” we will pray. Instead, ask God to help you surrender your own will and replace it with His, a strategy that never fails. This is a great way to start a winning war room experience.
For instance, it’s easy to pray for lost family and friends from a selfish standpoint. Perhaps we want them to be nicer to us. Maybe their scratchy personality just isn’t comfortable for us to be around. Instead, we need to pray from them with eyes that see their worth to God. We must be more concerned about their eternal soul than anything related to life on this earth. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it!
Strategy #3: Learn to Pray the Scriptures
Praying in your very own war room is an amazing opportunity. The Bible says we have the ability to come boldly before the throne of grace, and what an honor that is, especially when we are in great need. But I believe there’s nothing more powerful than praying Scripture over our circumstances, our family, our friends, and anything else that we have need of. That’s the kind of prayer strategy that wins battles!
This quick read by my dear friend Renae, Upgrade Your Prayer Life!, offers some excellent advice on how to pray the Scriptures. She even includes an example that can help you to tailor your own personal prayers as well.
Sometimes, it helps to create cards with your favorite key verses on them. When you’re in your War Room, pull out the cards and see how they relate to your most current pressing needs. Every time you read your Bible and come across a Scripture that could be turned into a prayer, make sure to stop and write it down on a card. You can either keep a few note cards tucked into your Bible, like I do, or jot the reference down in a notebook that can be referred to later.
Strategy #4: Not JUST in the War Room
Don’t think for a minute that just because you HAVE War Room strategy, that it’s the only place you can pray! It’s just as easy, even if you’re a busy mom, to pray at other times too.
In my own life, which is filled with hardly a moment for my own free time, I take Jesus along while I’m hanging laundry (yes, I line dry!), while I’m doing the dishes or sweeping the floor, and even while I’m in the shower. These ample moments are those just stolen away, often in solitude, and they provide the perfect time to speak with Jesus.
When you take little opportunities like this, know that you certainly do not have to follow a script. What would you say to your friend? Jesus is that friend that sticks closer than a brother! Even the smallest, “I just wanted to thank You, Jesus, for giving me the strength to make it through the day on such little sleep. I know it was You that made it possible!”
When do YOU get some free time? If there’s time to think for even just a moment, there’s plenty of time to pray!
Strategy #5: All Intake is Spiritual Intake
There is a Scripture that says, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34) Nothing could be so true! It’s one of those Scriptures that my children know my heart simply because I’ve quoted it to them SO MANY TIMES.
The truth is, whatever you take in, is exactly what you can expect to dish out. There’s a story that makes its rounds on social media from time to time that talks about bumping into someone who has a full cup of coffee in their hands. Of course, when you bump into them, whatever is in that cup is going to slosh out.
So what’s going to slosh out of you?
The truth is, if we fill our minds (which is also an extension of the heart) with junk, then junk is exactly what’s going to come out. Listening to terrible music can create a reservoir full of detrimental ideas. Is there anything easier to memorize than song lyrics? I think not! And what if those song lyrics talk about cheating on your spouse, being mean to people, drinking, lying, etc.?
In the same way, if you watch television, more often than not, those ideas you stream into your eyeballs, which become set in your conscious and subconscious thought processes, are going to come forth when you’re “bumped.”
Always, always, always guard your ears and your eyes. It really, really, really matters!
Iron Sharpens Iron
If possible, make it a point to get together with like-minded believers for Bible Study and prayer, at least once a week. This would be outside the scope of your regular church attendance, and probably more informal. Maybe coffee with a few choice friends, or a specific time set aside for prayer?
If getting together in person is not possible, then joining a great community on Facebook could be a supplement. For instance, I am part of a wonderful group of ladies that meet on Facebook called Titus Women’s Gathering. It’s an amazing group of ladies with assorted ongoing ministries as well, including a live video encouragement series, a team of prayer warriors to pray over lost loved ones on a daily basis, threads for encouraging blog content and music posts, and a team that blogs faithfully through the Bible on their home blogs.
Having a source of encouragement can truly be the thing that helps keep you grounded and focused. I cannot stress enough how important it is.
An Ending Note…
In all that we strive to do, we must never forget that we are to be a light in a darkened world! There are many MANY people out there lost and undone without the knowledge of Jesus and the Gospel. The willingness to share what we know with those who are not yet saved, or with those who are new to the faith, could be exponential in their lives.
On the other hand, we can also always learn a thing or two as well. Never stop being willing to learn from those who are more rooted and grounded in the faith than we are. We can truly learn something new every day, even if the only One we have with us is Holy Spirit!