by Patricia L. Dickson 9/22/15
I contacted one of my friends that I had not seen since I relocated back to the US to see if she wanted hang out. We decided to plan for a Saturday; however, we could not decide on what we were going to do. She had attended her church’s yearly crusade the weekend before and there she saw an advertisement for the movie, War Room. When she suggested we go see it, I said sure (she was not quite sure what the movie was about). I thought it was going to be a movie about war planning (the military in me).
Once we were seated in the theatre and the movie began, I realized that this was a movie about another kind of war. Spiritual war! The movie centered on an older woman, a younger female real estate agent and the agent’s husband and child. The older woman met the young real estate agent when she put her house up for sale. The reason for the older woman putting her house up for sale was so that she could move in with her adult son. Her husband was killed while serving in military when she was a young woman and their son was a small child.[pullquote]The War Room is a genuine Christian movie that unabashedly uses biblical scriptures throughout it. The movie’s main message is the power of prayer.[/pullquote]
The movie follows the real estate agent’s marital problems. The older woman convinces the younger woman (real estate agent) to confide in her. After the older woman gains the trust of the younger woman, she becomes her spiritual mentor and she teaches her to go into her closet and pray (war) for her husband rather than give up on her marriage. The closet is her war room where she goes to do battle with issues in her marriage.
The movie was comparable to a sermon and it ministered to me. I must admit that I cried during some scenes in the movie. I also laughed during some scenes. The War Room is a genuine Christian movie that unabashedly uses biblical scriptures throughout it. The movie’s main message is the power of prayer. It teaches that when believers pray, God is spiritually fighting (at war) with the enemy. Although it appears to be human behavior that is causing our problems, it is really a spiritual battle. Ephesians 6:12:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The reference to the prayer closet (war room) is taking from Matthew 6:6:
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
I would recommend this movie for the entire family. It is full of humor and it has a great message. The characters are middle class people living in a middle class neighborhood encountering the same problems as everyone else. Although it is fiction, the movie plot it is very relatable. I am so glad that my friend suggested that we go see it.
Patricia Dickson blogs at Patricia’s Corner.
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