For Your War Room
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
A few months ago, I redecorated my room and filled up some of the white space on my wall with a prayer wall. Since then, my prayer life has been reprioritized to a whole new level. Prayer is one of the most important things a person who has a relationship with God can do. It is the line of communication between you and the one who knows all and is all. Even Jesus spent intentional time in prayer during his ministry. How much more does that mean we have to spend intentional time in prayer? The good news is that the Word tells us we get to pray with confidence knowing God will hear us. Prayer then becomes a faith exercise. When we pray, we aren't just expressing empty words to God, we are growing our faith.
Make a prayer section and a praise section. Not only is this good for reflecting back on God's providence in what we asks for but it can also be a reminder to pray with faith... faith that your present prayer requests will become praises.
Place it somewhere that you won't miss. Whether it's putting your prayer journal on your bed or placing your prayer wall at the light switch, find a place that you will look at before you sleep each night so you won't forget.
Add to it everyday. It's easy to write down a praise report when you've just landed your dream job and it's easy to bring your requests when life is hard but that might not be the case everyday. No matter how big or how small it is, put down a praise and a prayer everyday. The bible says, "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV. If you need some inspiration to pray bigger, Craig Groeschel once said, "If God said yes to every prayer you prayed in the last seven days, how would the world be different?"
Invite people to pray with you over your prayer requests. If there are requests you are comfortable sharing with others, allow some other prayer warriors to pray with you on behalf of what you are believing for. Invite others to fight in your spiritual war room. In Matthew 18:19 it says "If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." Plus, it's always fun when you can celebrate sharing a praise with someone else who you prayed with.
Make a worship playlist for your prayer time. If you are someone who struggles with sitting still for more than a minute in prayer because of distractions, put on a prayer playlist and set a timer on it. (On Spotify you can set a bed time timer.) See if this helps you stay focused in prayer.
Have a simple go-to prayer ready. There are some days when we are put in positions that we just don't know what to pray or how to pray. Take a verse or a psalm or a famous prayer and make it yours. Pray those words when you don't have any of your own words. Put it on your wall or on the cover of your notebook. Whether it's the serenity prayer, the Lord's prayer or just "Lord, give me strength," pray those words knowing God hears you, He knows your heart, and He cares for you.
Do what it takes to set the tone in your bedroom. In Psalms 17:15, it says "As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake." What is one thing you can do to allow yourself to receive God's first fruits when you wake up?