War rooms are places where the enemy is assessed and strategies are formed. The latest movie, released by Sherwood Pictures, is called War Room. This movie teaches us that we each need to have a war room in our homes where we assess our enemy and form strategies to defeat him. Over the next couple of weeks I want to share with you some strategies that I have been working on. I don't really want you to copy me per se, but use this as inspiration to take scripture and make your battle plan.
The first topic in this series of articles is praying for ourselves. This isn't really something that's hard for us to do. We ask God for stuff all the time, but the question is are we asking Him for the right things in the right way. I want to use the Lord's Prayer as an outline for things that we can pray for ourselves.
Unity - "Our Father"
The first thing we could and should pray for is unity. We need to make sure our relationship is right with God. He is our father and we need to come to Him like that. So many times we come to God like He's a worldly judge. Other times we come to Him like He's a genie. But while He does judge and condemn sin, what He wants to do is restore our relationship with Him. He doesn't want us to come to Him thinking He could care less; He wants us to come to Him because we know He cares. He is our Father. So when we pray, we need to ask God to help us remember that He is our Father. We also need to pray that He would help us grow closer in our relationship with Him.
Secondly He is OUR Father. This means that we apparently have brothers and sisters in the family of God. Now do we act like we're related? That depends. If by related you are referring to fighting and bickering all the time, then we have are doing an awesome job. But if by related you are referring to taking up for and looking our for one another, then we've got alot of work to do. My point is that we need to be better about loving one another. We need to work on our relationships with one another. So when we pray, we need to pray that God would help us live in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Praise - "Who is in Heaven, Hallowed (Holy) is your name"
The next thing we can pray for is that we would realize who God is. We may need to put some scripture on our wall to remind us of how great He is. Psalm 8 is a good passage of scripture to commit to memory. 9 verses in all, this Psalm begins and ends with "O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!" We need to take time in prayer to praise God, but we may need to take time to ask God to remind us or teach us to continually praise Him. In good times or bad, we need to ask God to help us to praise Him.
Glory - "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven"
This is where it gets really sticky. We need to be praying daily that God would use us for His glory. We need to also pray that we would submit to whatever task God calls us to do. If we want the kingdom of God to come, then we need to be willing to work to expand it. We need to ask God to allow us to be a part of what He is doing in His kingdom. Whether it is a big task, full of Earthly praise, or a small task, that no one on Earth may notice, we need to be willing and eager to serve the Lord. We must pray that God would use us for His glory.
Provision - "Give us this day our daily bread"
This is pretty straight forward. We need to pray for God to provide for our needs. The problem is that we get our needs and our wants confused. We pray for things like physical health, and that's not bad, but we forget to pray for our spiritual health. "God give me the strength to serve you today. Give me the wisdom to speak your truth. Help me to discern those who need to hear your Word as I come into contact with them today. Lord, help me to be the example. Lord, don't let me lead someone astray." These are all things that we need, but we don't pray for them as often. Let's write some of these things down and lift them up in prayer every day. As far as praying for our physical needs, we can lift those up to God as well. We need to trust Him to meet all of our needs, so let us pray and ask God to meet our needs.
Mercy - "Forgive us our trespasses"
We need to come before God every day asking Him for His forgiveness. We need to thank Him for His forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 reminds us that God is always faithful to forgive us when we confess our sins to Him. So we need to pray for God's mercy.
Grace - "As we forgive those who trespass against us"
This is probably the hardest thing to pray for. We need to pray that God would give us the grace to be able to forgive like He forgives. The problem with this is that we are prideful creatures and we don't like to forgive. We like to hold grudges. We like to get revenge. But Jesus goes on in His teaching on prayer to say that He cannot forgive those who are unwilling to forgive. So this is pretty serious stuff. We must be willing to forgive. But how? We become willing to forgive when we realize the grace that God has given us. Romans 5:8 is a good verse to keep with this idea. Paul writes that, "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." That alone is enough to remind us that we are forgiven and that we must forgive as well.
Deliverance - "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"
We need to pray for deliverance, first of all from ourselves, then from the evil one of this world. You see, we will lead ourselves into temptation, so we must pray that God would keep us from that. "Lord, keep me from entering into places or situations where I might be tempted." This doesn't mean you'll never be tempted, but you can at least pray that God would give you the wisdom to keep yourself away from temptation.
The next thing we need to pray for deliverance from is the evil one of this world. Satan is a jerk and so are his demons. The world is filled with those who serve him. They fight against christians. They throw things out into the world to tempt you. We need to pray that God would prepare us for those times when we are tempted by the world. We need to pray that God would help us to see the escape that He has provided in the midst of temptation (1 Cor. 10:13).
These are just a few things that we can pray for ourselves. My hope is that this will inspire you to come up with some strategies of your own based on the Lord's prayer and other passages of scripture. Please feel free to comment here or on our Facebook page on what you come up with. Together, we can grow closer to our Father and overcome our enemy, Satan.