The War Room movie closed #1 this weekend in theaters earning an est. $9.4 million to add to last weekend’s debut of $11.4 million. Having seen the trailer numerous times, I was excited for the movie release and went opening weekend. It far exceeded expectations in many aspects. It was phenomenal! A common trend I have been hearing about this movie is “I went to the movies, and church broke out!”
In my personal experience, I loved the sense of community that came in that theater. People were clapping and laughing and when the movie ended, cheering.
I heard stories about a group going to see the movie and being so inspired to pray that many of the people walking out of the theater, gathered in the hallway outside and prayed for the United States. This movie is stirring up the hearts of the people a passion for prayer, and I am a firm believer that prayer moves the hand of God.
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NLT)
I do encourage you to grab your family, some friends, a church group, a neighbor – go see this movie!
Watch the movie trailer here
It does not stop there. The books are incredible too!
If I were to ask you what your prayer life was like, what would you say? Is it hot or cold? Check out this clip from the movie if you have a minute. You’ll see where I’m headed.
For ages 4-8, there is Peter’s Perfect Prayer Place by Stephen & Alex Kendrick. This picture book has a way of making prayer personal to kids. In the story, Peter wants to find a perfect prayer place, just like when he sees his mom pray in her special prayer room. He tries many different places in search of the perfect one to be alone with God to pray. Also included with this book is a prayer chart and stickers that say “I prayed”. I had my 6-year-old sister read the book as well and she told me that, “The story is great!” and “See, it even has stickers and a poster. That is amazing!”
Prayer Works: Prayer Training and Strategy for Kids by Stephen & Alex Kendrick with Amy Parker is great for kids ages 8-12. It has colorful illustrations and includes a prayer journal in the back to “put your prayers to work”. The prayer journal has scriptures and written prayers, and a space to write out your own prayers as well. There are 10 chapters that are arranged in a devotional format for easy-reading.
For middle school or 13+ there is a strategic prayer journal, This Means War written by Stephen & Alex Kendrick with Troy Schmidt. This journal is instructive and interactive and teaches prayer strategy using the scriptures and by asking questions. The format is perfect for young teens and keeps their interest while teaching strategic prayer.
Finally, there are 2 books that rocked my prayer life. They are The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies by Stephen & Alex Kendrick, and Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer.
The Battle Plan for Prayer is broken up into 7 parts:
- Basic Training
This book is teaches you to pray like no other book I’ve read. Praying specifically, declaring the scriptures – prayers for all areas of your life. I highly recommend this book, whether your prayer life thriving, or you are finding it dry. This book will challenge you and rejuvenate your prayer life.
In Fervent, Priscilla Shirer instantly draws you in. Within the first sentences of reading this book, you are on the field! This is not a cutesy book about prayer. Prepare to be on your knees. The strategies laid out in this guide include:
- Your passion
- Your focus
- Your identity
- Your family
- Your past
- Your fears
- Your purity
- Your pressures
- Your hurts
- Your relationships
Complete with scriptures and prayer strategy pages, this book will challenge you in your prayer life and open your eyes to the battlefield that you’ve been sleeping on. Prayer changes everything!
*I was graciously provided with these books by B&H Publishing in exchange for an honest review.*