[SPOILER ALERT: If you're planning on watching the movie and don't want to know what happens, you may want to read this after you watch the movie]
Christian movies have come along way from the days of my Sunday School teacher inciting nightmares by showing us the “Thief in the Night” movies series back in the 80’s. There’s no doubt that in it’s marketing and it’s message The War Room is a Christian movie, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The War Room: Plot Line
This drama takes the familiar story line of a troubled marriage on the verge of falling apart with 10 year old daughter Danielle caught in the middle. In her desperation, Liz Jordan begins to open up to aged widow, Miss Clara, who we later find out has been praying for the Lord to send her someone to help, so they don’t have to endure the same failures she did.
How to Fight For Our Families the Right Way
One of the greatest takeaways and reminders from this film is that there’s a real battle going on for our families with a real enemy, but most of us have never been trained to fight the right way. Miss Clara observes, "Very few of us know how to fight the right way." We fight each other instead of recognizing our common spiritual enemy, she says, the thief who comes, "to steal, kill and destroy."
This is a reminder we could all use daily when we're tempted to incite war with our spouses, children, friends, or whoever happens to tick us off at the moment. Miss Clara challenges Liz to fight the right way, not in her marriage but for her marriage in prayer, and tells her about her favorite room: her “war room” closet where she has years of prayers for friends and family members plastered to the walls.
As Liz begins to heed Miss Clara’s advice and create her own “war room” not only does her heart begin to soften towards her husband, but her husband, whose on the verge of an affair, finds his plans thwarted. As Liz’s heart towards Tony changes we see 1 Peter 3:1 in action as she extends unexpected grace towards her husband, and in turn his heart begins to soften both towards her and the Lord.
Three Lessons from The War Room
I think the major takeaways from “The War Room” are:
- There’s a very real battle going on in a realm that we can’t see with our physical eyes (Eph 6:12).
- Winning a spiritual battle requires a spiritual plan using spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10:4).
- Prayer is a greatly underutilized weapon by believers. If we truly believed in and understood the power of prayer, we’d pray far more than we do (Phil 4:6-7).
Disclaimer: It's Still a Movie
The one caution I’d offer with this or any similar movie is that while it’s exciting to watch entire families and marriages completely turn around in a matter of 30 to 40 minutes in a movie, it doesn’t always play out that quickly in real life. Does that mean God’s not at work? Absolutely not! I’ve heard it said that patience is faith over a long period of time.
Don’t become discouraged if, when you being to pray and seek God in your own “war room,” you don’t see things turn around in days or even weeks. Things may happen quickly, but if they don’t, keep praying, keep seeking, keep knocking, knowing that God is working on your behalf. The irony of the “war room” is this: the more time you spend in the “war room,” the more peace you’ll experience in spite of your external circumstances.
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