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Have you seen the movie War Room yet? It came out a few months ago, and if you haven't rented it yet, I highly recommend you do. The movie is truly inspiring, especially the main storyline that involves a wife and mother learning the power of prayer. What inspired me (and many others) the most, though, was the sweet older lady who taught the young wife about prayer. She showed her where she prays daily - she calls it her "War Room." And I was immediately captivated by the idea. She goes to battle on her knees every day for her loved ones, her community, and her nation. I want that to be me!
Have you ever heard the phrase "prayer warrior"? It means someone who is praying fervently for a specific person or situation. That's what a War Room reminds me of - a place to become a prayer warrior for those you love most. What struck me about her War Room was that it was a tiny little closet with nothing on the walls and nothing in the room but a small wooden chair. This seemed slightly odd to me at first. But it makes sense, because the Bible tells us to simplify prayer. In Matthew 6, Jesus says, "When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
So, I began thinking about how I could create my own War Room, and I came up with these 5 simple steps so you can create one too!
1 | Choose a location at home.
The first step is simply choosing a spot in your house to be your War Room. And here's the thing: it does not have to be an entire room! In fact, my "War Room" is actually just a corner of our spare room upstairs. If you live in a smaller space, like an apartment or a tiny house, think about where you could clear out a corner to use for prayer. Or maybe you have a bigger house with some extra bedrooms or closets. If that's the case, think about your junk closet (you know which one I'm talking about ;) and decide if it would be worthwhile to clear it out for your War Room. I'll give you a hint...it is!
2 | Do the work.
Alright, ladies (and gents!). It's time to get this done. Empty the space - even your favorite cushy chair must go! Replace it with a simple stool or a blanket. The idea is to create a space where your sole focus is going to be prayer. How many times have you snuggled into bed at night and closed your eyes with the intent of saying your prayers, but fell asleep as fast as you could say, "Dear Jesus"?? You and me both, friend! That's why this step is so important. If your War Room is filled with distractions like a comfortable chair or clutter tucked in the corner or even photos on the wall, your mind is more likely to wander.
3 | Collect your supplies.
Even though your War Room should be relatively empty, there are a few things you will need. To make the most of your prayer time, gather together these items:
- a Bible
- an ink pen or pencil
- scrap paper
- a journal
To help keep my War Room simple, I keep all of these items in a basket near my chair. You'll definitely want a Bible to reference scripture that God puts on your heart or to just spend time in the Word before or after praying. Pens, pencils, and highlighters are so important for underlining scripture, writing your prayers (see Step 4), and recording God's faithfulness. You'll need the scrap paper and tape for the next step. And of course, I recommend a journal to give yourself a place to write out your thoughts and your favorite verses each day.
4 | Write out your prayers.
Now for the best part! Grab the scrap paper and a pen and just start writing. I personally think scrap paper works best for this, because it helps me remember that God doesn't expect perfection. He just wants my heart - all of it. Believe me when I say it's okay to be messy. It's okay if your prayers feel random and all over the place. Just lay it all out there.
If you aren't sure where to start, try making lists. This is actually how I began my War Room prayers. What are you thankful for? Who will you be praying for? Make lists of those things. Include prayers for your spouse, your children, and yourself.
Another great idea to include on your prayer pages is encouraging Bible verses. Try a few of my favorite scriptures:
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5 | Set up your War Room.
Once you're finished writing out your prayers, tape them to the walls of your War Room. Soon it will be filled with prayers! Write out your favorite Bible verses on index cards. Add them to your wall too. The best part will be hanging your answered prayers page to watch as God answers your prayers.
You're ready! My simplicity challenge for you this week is to set aside 20 minutes or so to visit your War Room each day. Add to your prayer lists, make new ones, and be sure to keep track as they are answered. Celebrate God's faithfulness as you become a prayer warrior!
Let me know in the comments or send me a note when your War Room is ready to go! I can't wait to see how it turns out!
P.S. I found a great website that has awesome resources for your War Room! Check it out here.
In His grace,