War Room, and Answers to Prayer

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War Room, the latest Kendrick Brothers film, came out in theaters on August 28th. If you enjoyed Fly Wheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous, you’ll love War Room, which combines familiar elements from previous Kendrick Brothers movies with some twists and turns that demonstrate the power of prayer, and how if we will let Him, God can turn around even the worst of circumstances.

Real estate agent Elizabeth Jordan’s marriage and family life are quickly heading downhill when she meets Miss Clara – a new client who  inspires her to develop a prayer strategy for every area of her life, and a “war room” where she can go to spend time with God in prayer. As she learns to seek God and trust him with what’s going on, things change drastically, and she begins to see what she’s been praying for come to pass – including a change of heart in her husband, and the restoration of their marriage.

War Room demonstrates that no matter how bad a situation may seem, if we invite God into it, He can totally turn things around. It shows that prayer really does make a difference, and has a tangible impact on our lives if we will make time for it.

Throughout the movie, Elizabeth learns that the enemy isn’t her husband, but rather the devil, that if she resists him, he must flee (James 4:7), and that her job is to pray and trust God to do what only He can do. No matter what you’re going through, know this – your enemy, the devil, has been defeated. Jesus won the victory over whatever you’re dealing with at the cross. If you believe in Him, you have been made right with God, and your prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16). God desires to do amazing things in your life, and He has promised to answer when you pray (Jeremiah 33:3). Make time to come to Him and ask Him to do what only He can, confident that He will turn things around!

A Heart of Gratitude – Day Eight

A Heart of Gratitude - Day Eight“I shall give thanks to You, for
You have answered me, and
You have become my salvation.”
Psalm 118:21, NASB

Do you believe, when you pray, that God hears and answers you? Or does it feel, when you talk to Him, more like He’s far off and unresponsive? When you are in need, do you come to Him for provision, or do you try to work things out on your own first?

Jeremiah 33:3 informs us that when we call to God, He will answer us. Psalm 34:15 declares that the Lord’s eyes are on those who are righteous. To their cry, His ears are attentive. If you have received Jesus, then this Scripture applies to you, for you have been made the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)! In Matthew 6:8, Jesus assures us that God knows what we need, even before we ask Him. Further on, in Matthew 7:11, He states that God will give what is good to the one who asks.

The idea that God is distant, and unfeeling towards what you have to say, is a lie that the enemy would love for you to believe. He knows that, according to James 5:16, the prayer of one who is righteous – who is in right standing with God – is both powerful and effective. The righteous person this verse speaks of is you! You have been made right with God through faith in His Son (Romans 3:24). You have been justified by the blood of Jesus (Romans 5:9). Know that your prayers avail much (James 5:16)! Present your requests to God, in full confidence of His love for you, and desire to provide for your every need. Give thanks to Him for the ways in which He has answered you in the past, and is working in your life in the present. Rejoice in the fact that our God is the Hearer and Answerer of prayer!

What have you been believing God for lately? To share, comment below. Take a moment to thank God for listening to you when you speak to Him, and for the answers He provides!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”