Having grown up in the church and having read my Bible for many years and having been a student of many Bible studies, I can say that I am continuing to grow familiar with Scripture. But for me, as I am sure it is with many others, there sometimes is a catalyst that is needed to make things click at times, to make the Word become real. To allow it to truly speak to you personally.
For me it was going to see a recent movie called War Room. I will not spoil the movie by telling you too many details, but for me it grabbed ahold of me in a deep profound way. For you see a War Room is a place you need to set aside in your home to be able to shut the world out; the interruptions and the detractors and anything that will keep you from focusing on spending time in prayer and communicating with God.
Matthew 6:6 states: “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. I have read that Scripture many times and understand what it is saying, but until I saw this movie, it did not click as to how vitally important it is to have that place set aside where you can go to commune with the Father, uninterrupted, and truly focused in prayer.
I began thinking in the theater, where could I find that place in my home to have that time. And when I got home, I cleaned out a closet, and set up my spot where I could have that personal time. I wanted my War Room. I believe there are people called, like Miss Clara, in the movie, who are prayer warriors. While I do not feel I am a prayer warrior, I know that we all, as believers, should have daily time when we commune with God. It is hard enough sometimes in this life to handle things. How much better is it than when you take your requests to God and leave them with him? For you see Ephesians 6:12 states: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. I know the power of prayer, yet I have never thought of myself as intentional in my prayer life. There is no power greater than that of a praying person in communion with the Father. I count it as a blessing to be able to boldly pray both corporately and individually during this time of grace, before Jesus one day returns.
I encourage you to set that place aside where you can spend time in uninterrupted prayer. The location is not important. It can be a special room in your house, or a corner of a room, or in my case, a closet. But set that time when you can carve out a time to spend praying. Sometimes it will be confession, repentance, praise, intercession or just thanksgiving and gratitude. And often it will be waiting and listening, because prayer is a two way communication with the Father. We talk to him, but we also must wait upon him and listen.
I guarantee your life with be enhanced, your faith will increase and you will be in a better place. For God desires our time. He desires our seeking him and He is always available. And the very best part is, we do not have to approach the throne of grace in fear or reservation for He is the same yesterday, today and will be tomorrow. He is unchanging!
War Room….if you haven’t seen it, I would encourage you to do so. I guarantee it will change you and how you look inward at your prayer life.