Puzzlement washed over her guest. “What is this room?”
The ancient homeowner’s bright eyes twinkled at the question. Her grin only increased the wrinkles covering her face like an unironed shirt. Instead of rows of clothes hanging, and shoes strewn careless, the former closet was bare, save a lonely wooden chair.
Waving her guest in for a closer inspection, the visitor began to bend close and read. The walls were covered in pieces of paper.
Paper covered in scriptures,
Paper covered in prayers, hand written bold.
Her daily battle station exposed, the refuge where she waged war.
War on anxiety,
War on hopelessness,
War for the souls of others.
War against the deceiver.
The movie, “War Room” is not new, but as usual I am behind in all things. Let me say, “Oh my word!” I felt compelled to share an glimpse into this powerful story of love, forgiveness and learning to push against the hard places, instead of succumbing to them.
And God gives us the ingredients we need to stand firm in this hard world of lies, betrayals, and hurts beyond measure. But we must don the armor!
“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:9-18
So fight my loves. Fight the devil with all you possess. God instructs us to put the armor on so we will be able to stand our ground—“when” the day of evil comes, not “if” the day of evil comes.
So this year, I challenge you to become the fighter God created you to be, and make your own prayer wall, or prayer window, or prayer mirror or prayer box by your chair….
1. Find your spot to create a prayer place.
2. Grab some sticky notes and jot down: Scriptures that move you. Verses that compel you. Passages that make you better. Add one to four a month.
3. Memorize by placing the verse you choose at the top of the row. At year end you will have twelve scriptures memorized.
4. Pray those scriptures.
5. Next make a list of “always” prayer requests. (You know—like my child to grow to love and serve God for the whole of his life.)Write out some specific requests in a letter to God.
6. Make a separate sticky note for urgent prayers. (Easily removed when answered.)
7. Begin praying your wall. When it grows large, pick a different segment everyday to pray over.
I chose my bathroom mirror as my prayer wall. While I brush my teeth and prepare for the day, I read over scriptures and pray over the requests. At night I repeat.
Prayer Warriors Unite!
Where will your prayer place be?