If you haven’t gone to see the War Room movie, I urge you to do so in the very near future. It has limited showings and actually placed number one at the box office one night.
We had planned to take our pastor and his wife but something came up and they could not attend so we took two other friends. As usual, I forgot to bring kleenex but thank the good Lord, Mary brought enough for me. They were definitely needed.
But don’t let that stop you, this was an awesome movie where you not only will shed tears but will laugh and find yourself examining your own prayer life as well. Oh to be the kind of prayer warrior that Ms. Clara in the movie was, is my desire.
Prayer is a part of my daily life. As I walk my two miles every morning, I talk things over with the Lord. I pause at times to listen to His voice. I pray other times as well but this talk with God first thing the morning, puts my day on the right track.
But, after seeing the movie, I have decided we need a war room. I came up with at least three options at the house. When I told them to my hubby, he was relieved. He said he was afraid I was going to ask to make a closet into a war room. We have limited closet space and if we wanted to use a closet, there would be nowhere to put clothes and the other stuff that were in the closet.
It’s not a necessity that you have a war room to talk with God but I think it will help me focus better and take my prayer life to the next level.
I have kept a prayer journal for many years and occasionally I go back and check off those things which were answered. It is always humbling and amazing to realize that God answered so many prayers. Sometimes that answer was a “no”. Sometimes it was something better than what was requested and sometimes the answer was “not now”. But they were always answered.
These were not just prayers for myself. They were for friends, family and even people I did not really know but had requested prayer. If anyone asks me for prayer, you can expect me to be praying for them.
There have been occasions when God has directed me to pray for someone who just happens to walk in the office or be in line somewhere. They always respond affirmatively and acknowledge that yes, they were needing prayer. You see, God is in control, even when we don’t realize it or want to relinquish our control to Him.
Our country is on a downward spiral and we definitely need to be praying in unity for our country daily. There is unity in prayer and prayer is a mighty weapon.
We should pray about everything. Not just when there is some crisis going on in our life or facing major decisions. God cares about the little things as well and wants that relationship with us. But our prayer requests cannot be a pity party or be like a list for santa claus. It doesn’t work that way. We tend to forget that when we pray, what we ask for has to be according to God’s will.
People are always posting things on social media which say if you repost this photo, etc. you will receive a blessing. That’s not how God works. That’s a major problem in that many people today do not understand who God is, much less how he works. We tend to put Him in a box which we put on the shelf only to take out when we need Him. Then we wonder why He doesn’t answer our prayers or why we don’t hear from Him.
I am one of those who believes that America is under God’s judgement right now and for us to be healed, He needs to hear from most of us all across the country. So I challenge you to pray fervently for our country daily. Make that prayer part of the prayers you offer to God. He hears and He cares. Our praying should come just as easily as our breathing. I daresay a lack of prayer shows a lack of faith so examine your life and start working on that relationship with God.
I am always in awe of how He reveals Himself to us and how He affirms different things to us. A situation recently occurred with someone who feels they are always right, never do anything wrong, cannot move past things, are self-centered and believe they are self-important and always feel if you do not agree with them or do things they way they want them done, then you become the worst person in the world. I did not respond in attack mode as I could have, but instead prayed.
The next morning my devotion was on being prideful and it fit this situation exactly. This person was being prideful and as the Bible tells us the prideful will be humbled. It was affirmation from God that I responded in the right way and that He fights our battles, we just have to trust Him.Besides we don’t answer to men, we only answer to God and He not only knows the truth in every situation, He knows our heart.
Anything I am able to accomplish is only through the grace of God and He gets the glory. When was the last time you examined your life, especially your prayer life? Blessings to you.
VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at: