My “WAR ROOM” Journaling
One of the best Christian blockbusters to come along in the past few years must be ‘WAR ROOM’ produced and directed by the Kendrick brothers. My husband and I have enjoyed watching all movies the Kendrick brothers have produced. The first movie, ‘FLYWHEEL’, is the just the beginning and each movie gets better and richer in content, acting and depth of message.
The Movie’s Title says it all…Prayer is war!
During the movie, you’ll meet the three main characters, Elizabeth and Tony, along with Miss Clara. Miss Clara is wise in her older years and sees a young woman in need of much faith revival. While becoming close friends, Miss Clara teaches her new spiritual daughter about prayer. Elizabeth takes her teaching to heart and begins her own journey of restoring herself, her family and her home through prayer and her prayer closet.
These lessons taught through this movie will affect generations.
My favorite scene in ‘WAR ROM’…
If you were to ask most people seeing this movie, what their favorite part is, it would probably be when Miss Clara receives good news of a another soul won for Christ. She dances around the kitchen declaring how good Good God is, how Powerful He is…and she is so right! Our God is Good and He is Powerful!!!
Yet my favorite part of the movie is when Tony and Elizabeth are sitting at the dinner table. He has gotten himself into some deep water and turns to his wife and asks without any thought to humility…”What do you want?” Expecting a thorough lashing out, well deserved as it may be, what he received was so unexpected. You see, her answer was simple, “a hot fudge sundae, oh, and maybe a foot rub.”
How many times have I approached my Good and Powerful God with an angry, un-contrite heart, no humility and almost accusing Him to tell me what He wants of me? And His own gentle answer is “A hot fudge sundae is enough.” Or another way of saying it is, “You, I just want you. I want to be with you, I want to enjoy the sweetness of our fellowship together. I just want to be with you.”
And the lesson learned of how God and I will spend time together…we spend time together through prayer.
I didn’t need a movie to show me my ‘WAR ROOM’…
I have been journaling my prayers for many, many years. The picture above shows about 14 years of books of prayers written into my journals. These could be called my war room journals. I have no separate room set aside to go to battle but I still wage war. I have a pen and paper and bible and I battle the enemy.
Here is an example of my simple battle fought today in my journal. As I started writing, a phrase came to mind, “The battle belongs to the Lord.” Not sure where it was, I went to my concordance and looked up the word “battle.” It seems David used this phrase, or one quite similar, as he went to fight the giant Goliath. Every day, battles are fought against giants in my life. This week, I fight the giant of pneumonia.
As you can see, I cannot draw, I am not an artist. This should be two swords and a cross. It’s simple, like all my journals, yet they illustrate my talk with God.
And here is a page of verses for my kids. I re-write verses into each new journal I start and as I pray, as the verse becomes important at the moment in their lives, I will write it out again for them. I do this for family or friends. Also, as an older member of the Christian walk, I have met and want to stay in contact with a few additional ‘kids’ so I also will include their names and verses I find for them and their specific situations. Here’s a page with this in mind:
Journaling your prayers and being specific in battle takes nothing more than a willingness to spend time alone with God. A pen, paper, your Bible and time, and you have your own war room.
Many of the journals seen above, I have customized and printed for my own use. I plan to put a few of these pages onto this website when I learn how that is done. But for now, I want to encourage you to enter into your own battle zone by starting a prayer journal. The process is simple and doesn’t have to be expensive. This past year, as we transtitioned into full time RV-er’s, all I’ve used is a simple composition notebook purchased for $.96 at the local Walmart. If I do choose to illustrate a page, I use tape or stickers or colored pens I’ve had for a long time.
Prayer Journaling is writing a letter to God. To help get you started, here is your first line…
Good Morning God, it’s me___________(enter your name)