And [if] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NASB)
My friend Kitty Cruse and I went to see War Room Friday morning. Sadly, there were very few people there. But hopefully that was just because it was an early matinee, and many people saw it later in the day and through the weekend. If you haven’t seen it yet, I urge you to please make plans to see it as soon as possible. This is a movie EVERY Christian needs to see!
Why? Because we are in a war! And so far, our strategy is failing! The only way we can turn this thing around is on our knees! Now, I will agree that this is a film that will appeal to women more than men, but it has value for everyone if we will open our eyes to see it, and if men can come to see the great power in prayer, they will be changed too.
Every time something bad happens, who gets the blame? God! Whether it’s a hurricane, a tragic shooting, or a terrorist attack, we say, “God, how could You let this happen?” But 2 Chronicles 7 is a warning that disobedience brings calamity. He withdraws His Hand of protection and allows Satan to bring judgment against us for our apostasy. And we’re the only ones who can stop it! How? This verse is our answer.
It’s not up to the president. It’s not up to congress, or any other government agency. It’s not even up to the nation as a whole. It’s up to us! God knows the world is evil. Since the fall, it’s always been evil. God doesn’t expect the lost to pray. He doesn’t expect them to act like Christians. Somehow we do. We think we can somehow change behavior by eliminating poverty, or guns, providing more education, or whatever. But we can’t. It will never work that way. Satan’s hold is too strong. That hasn’t changed either! There’s nothing new under the sun.
So what has changed? Maybe it’s just that we’ve gotten too prosperous. We’ve never known famine, or a depression, or a war on our own soil. So we’ve gotten lazy. We’ve grown too accustomed to God’s blessings. So we take them for granted. In every generation, there was always a remnant of prayer warriors. Perhaps you had a grandmother or an aunt or someone in your life who prayed for you. Maybe that’s why you’re in the kingdom now. Our generation has grown comfortable with who we are. We seem to think we got there on our own. We’ve forgotten how to pray. Yes, we may say a quick blessing at dinnertime (unless we’re in a restaurant where someone may see us) or a rote prayer with our toddlers at bedtime. But how much time do we actually spend on our knees, or in a prayer closet? Hey, I’m just as guilty as the next guy. I confess it here and now. There have been times in my life when I’ve spent hours in prayer. But not now. Not every day. Not like I should. But thanks to this movie, I have cleaned out a closet. And now that I’ve cleaned it out, I do intend to use it. Will you join me in the War Room? God bless!