Have you seen the movie War Room? I happened to be back in America for a few weeks when it was in theaters. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy when it comes out on DVD. (Heck, send me a copy too!)
It was inspiring…challenging me with the idea of creating a space in my house dedicated to being a place of prayer. After all, entering into prayer is entering into a battle–a small portion of a big war we are a part of.
In the movie, Priscilla Shirer’s character follows the example of her mentor, and clears out a closet to dedicate as her War Room.
As I thought about my little apartment, I tried to think of what I could come up with. I could see the importance of dedicating a physical space to serious prayer. But I knew I would need to get creative. I mean, I don’t even have a closet, but only a wardrobe.
I considered how I might use my bathroom…but decided it was too risky since it is often pretty wet.
So, I decided a room wasn’t possible, but an area was. I reorganized a little bit. I took a stool out of the sitting room. (Sorry for anyone who sits in the chair that no longer has a place to put your glass.) My mom had sent me home with some early Christmas presents, including super-soft floor mats. I wasn’t sure what to do with the second one for my bedroom…so I decided to make it a part of my War Area for me to kneel or sit on, depending on the mood of my prayers. I stuck some things on the wall, grabbed a small stash of super-sticky Post-Its, and was set to go.
Now…I’ve just got to get serious about using it. I’m trying to develop the habit of spending time in my War Area everyday, but I admit I don’t have a great track record so far. But it’s a start, right? Feel free to send me messages to hold me accountable, asking if I’ve been faithful in going to battle.
So many areas of life really need to have the attention of our prayers. We are fighting some serious spiritual battles, and I’m tired of entering them unarmed, unaware, unprepared…Why should we do that when we have free access to every resource we could ever need? Ok…off to battle I go! Are you with me?