Welcome to the third post in the War Room marriage series! If you missed the first two, they are here: Three Marriage Lessons From The Movie War Room and The Perfect Place To Pray. And at the bottom of this post are great free printables for you and your prayer life!
Today’s blog is about giving you strategy and tools for your prayer life–specifically for using in a War Room or Prayer Closet (see links above for more info on creating this). I can’t figure out which title for this prayer place I like the best. I’m pretty sure the producers of the movie “War Room” didn’t have this struggle…they knew the movie “Prayer Closet” wouldn’t be a Saturday night blockbuster. But, I’m leaning toward Prayer Closet for my new space. I think I will get less odd looks from my family when I say that’s where I’m heading for a little bit.
Back to the tools. If you saw the movie, the main character, Elizabeth, learns specific strategies of how to pray in her closet. I am a sucker for lists and bullet points and strategy, especially when it comes to prayer. It helps me focus my thoughts and not wander to my “to do list” for the day during my time with God.
Here are the four strategies the movie shared:
ONE: Acknowledge God in His Glory. Praise God for all he is and does!
God deserves our praise. Truly. Let’s start our time letting him know how amazing He is. He doesn’t need to hear this from us–but it a posture we can take to move our hearts to a humble open place for praying.
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”—2 Samuel 22:2-4
TWO: Confess Your Sins.
The bible says when we confess our sins before the Lord we are forgiven, washed white as snow, clean and pure to present our next requests before him.
Often we pray, “Lord please forgive me.” He already has! Instead, we can pray, “God, I confess my sin to you. I confess…..” It holds us more accountable to being truthful.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
THREE: Give Your Needs To God.
Here are some sentence starters to lay our requests before our heavenly Father:
God, I pray for ……..
Lord, please show me how to handle this situation through your eyes not mine.
Fill me with the holy spirit so I can ….
Show me where you can use me.
I need help or direction or wisdom with ….
Give me strength to endure….I want to be a woman of wisdom and courage and peace in the midst of all the chaos around me.
I feel hopeless or discouraged. Remind me that you are in control and you are Good.
FOUR: Choose To Believe
At some point our words spill onto the floor with no power if we do not choose to BELIEVE in what we are saying. Even a whisper of HOPE and FAITH that God is good and trustworthy can invite God to do powerful things in our lives. Try praying this:
“God I choose to put my faith in you. I choose to trust you and believe that you are all that you say you are. Even when I cannot see the outcome, even when life swirls and confuses, I choose to believe you are present and working and have a good plan for my life.”
I’ve created a few PRINTABLES (I have to put that in caps because free printables are just really exciting)! These are to help get your Prayer Closet started (remember it doesn’t have to be a closet–even just a corner or quiet nook of your home). I hope they give you inspiration and direction as you take prayer to the next level in your life.
You can print them out and tack them to a bulletin board or tape them to the wall of your prayer area. Use these printables to help you strategize your prayer time. If you don’t have a prayer closet, you can use these anywhere you go to pray.
This first printable if to help you structure your prayer time:
Click to DOWNLOAD: Prayer Strategy
This next printable is specifically for praying for your marriage:
Click to DOWNLOAD: Marriage Prayer
And for those of us who like a little scheduling in life..
Click to DOWNLOAD: Prayer Schedule
Think about how our perspective could change if we prayed the following every day:
Click here to DOWNLOAD: Psalm Prayer
Hopefully these get you started! I will be sharing more in future posts.
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Also…I created these prayer journals for the Fall. I will be creating a new version for each season of the year. If you are like me and need some structure during your prayer time to keep you focused, you might love one of these. They are a perfect size, to sit on your nightstand, on the table by your favorite chair in the morning, or to drop in your purse. $15, including shipping. Just click here to purchase now!