Life has been busy so blogging hasn’t been a priority. But I’m here and so excited to share about my war room.
I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of a prayer closet. The bible tells us in the book of Matthew not to make a production of praying, but rather to do it quietly in secret:
Matthew 6:5-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners [a]so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
I’m certain that this is the inspiration for many prayer closets/war rooms, far back in the history of Christians. I used to have a spot just for praying when I was married, before we went down a dark path and walked in deep sin. It was just a spot in the living room, where I took hot tea in the morning and got into the word of God and prayed. My son was just 5yo and I was pregnant with a husband working 2 hours away. The time was precious to me. Then again when we moved I had a spot in the living room where I sipped coffee, got on my knees and prayed and read devotions and the bible. After mom died that spot was next to my bed, with my rocking chair and I stored my bible and notebook on the shelf of my nightstand.
I wanted to have a spot that was devoted just to time with God, here in my Nana suite, trying to kneel by my bed to pray then move over to the rocking chair to read my devotional and bible while sipping coffee. It felt awkward and strange moving around so much or having to get up and retrieve things and I was easily distracted if I looked about me. That is when I realized I had the perfect spot. My makeup vanity was there but my bathroom is plenty big enough to house that so I moved it. I still had that nightstand just sitting unused near the door to my patio, so I moved it into the corner and put a lamp on top. I brought the rocker over and turned it inward to the space. Perfect! I even have an afghan in case I am cold while with God. My lace veil (to cover my head while praying which helps humble my spirit and increase my focus), bible, note pads, note book and pen all sit nicely there on the stand. My mom’s desk serves as a great place to tape prayer requests so they are right in front of me. I plan to purchase a divider or tension rod and some sheer curtains to make it feel more closed in as soon as possible but for now this is just what I wanted!
While talking about it folks mentioned the movie, War Room, which for some reason I had never heard about. I have now seen it twice, once for the entertainment value, and once for inspiration. My space has bible verses on the walls, the idea coming from the movie.
This works so well for me! My prayer life is more focused, and I feel that space drawing me in sometimes to pray. I love this!!!! I encourage you to get on Pinterest and search for war room and/or prayer closet, and be inspired. Oh and watch the movie. Life doesn’t always go as neat and tidy as in the movie as far as prayers being answered, but at least this way you are able to do battle with some strategy and focus.