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Every trial we face is fought on the battlefield of prayer. It doesn’t matter if you’re fighting for your health, your relationships, or walking through financial hardship. The truth is, every victory or defeat, is fought in the spirit; before it manifest itself in the natural.
Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) tells us; “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;“
So that means anything we are faced with, we can go to God in prayer. Yes, you can pray anywhere, and you should. But there is something about going to a place where you are alone just you and God with no distractions. A place that allows you to speak to God; where it’s quiet enough to hear Him speak to you.
I know as a mother, I don’t have the time to go to the bathroom in peace. Let alone pray or read the Bible in peace. However, when I saw the movie; The War Room, my heart was compelled to find a place where I can get real with God!
I have to admit, when I came home, I had every excuse in the book. I don’t have the space. My closet is too small and I use it for something else. I can’t use my room. There’s no privacy, no matter where I go in the house.
Then one day I was reading my Bible, and turned to Matthew 6:6 (NKJV) says; “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”
WOW! You talk about feeling convicted. I realized just then that I needed to remove my excuses. This is ironic considering I serve as a Pastor, and designate prayer and study times. However, like many, I get easily distracted. The phone rings. Or, I could be walking in my family room praying; and notice the coffee table needs dusting.
Even something as innocent as having worship music playing in the background while I pray and read was distracting me. I would get caught up in the song, and forget what I was praying about. Can you relate?
So that was it! I decided one evening to clean out a small space in my closet under my staircase. This space was so small, I couldn’t even stand up. So I had to get a bath rug and pillow to sit on the floor.
There was no light; so I used LED battery operated lights. There was no circulation; I bought small battery operated fans. In addition, I bought a drape on clearance to separate my space from my office supplies.
As you can see I used a simple cork board and white board to hang up my prayer requests. I even included a clip board to keep track of all my answered prayers. That way I can remind myself of the good things that the Lord has done.
This was up for only a week. Then, one day I went to pray and saw that Andre had set up a space for him in the corner of my war room! Say What? That meant, when he saw the power of going to a place to commune with God with no distractions, it encouraged him to join me.
Don’t let the word “place” in Matthew 6 confine you to a “room.” For those who may not have a closet don’t let that hinder you from creating a secret place of intimacy between you and God.
I have friends and family who have set up war room “spots” in their rooms. Even a small corner between the bed and the wall works just fine too!
To take this a step further, our daughter wanted to create a war room, but she wanted to keep her prayers private. So we created a war room “binder.” This is just a journal that sits on her night stand, in which every morning she opens it up and prays. She even has a section in the back where she keeps her answered prayers.
There are only a few things you need to create the perfect War Room or Space!
I want my time to be uninterrupted. Therefore, I do not take my cell phone in my war room or any worship music. When I go to my secret place before God, I am giving Him my undivided attention.
I keep one of our extra Bibles in my war room, just in case I feel led to read scripture, or God puts something on my heart.
I use these to write encouraging words, or scriptures I’m standing on.
When we sit in a place to talk to God and hear from Him, He will give us things to ponder in our hearts. And what better place to keep these things, than in a journal!
It doesn’t matter how big or small your space is, when you kneel down before your Father, He sees your heart! So whatever you need to make yourself comfortable to kneel before the Father, will do the job!
I tend to put long term prayer requests on a cork board and short term prayer requests on the white board.
Prayers answered quickly, and moved to the answer payer board, are short term prayers. (I.E. praying for our daughter to do well on her math test)
You may be wondering why I use this, but the fresh aroma creates a calming atmosphere.
Nine times out of ten, when I go to my war room, I am coming to lay my burdens down. So when I enter and smell the scent of lavender, it instantly calms my heart and mind as I kneel before the Father.
Caution: As much as I love candles, I don’t use any in my war room, since I’m in a small closet. I don’t want to leave it lit, or knock it over.
A diffuser or air fresher is a safe alternative for those who may not have the open space to safely use candles.
And don’t forget miscellaneous items such as tissue, pens, highlighters, etc.! Keep in mind these are just suggestions you don’t need them all.
My War Room is not a place where I go to tell God what I need. It’s a place I go where He invites me to sit in His presence with no distractions.
My War Room is a place where I surrender my heart and I stand in the gap for others. Then I find the strength to walk outside my War Room armed and ready for battle until the next day.
Where do you meet God?
It can be in a room, a closet, or a corner of your bedroom. The location doesn’t really matter. The point is, prioritize private prayer. Where do you meet God and where does He expect to find you?
~ Timberley Gray
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