Having a dedicated space for prayer has become increasingly popular since the release of the movie “War Room” by the Kendrick Brothers. However, not everyone has the luxury of a separate room or even a closet to turn into a war room. This is why the concept of a war binder was born.
If you have a war room or a war binder, you might be wondering if you should have a prayer strategy or a battle plan. The answer is a resounding YES! A well-crafted war room strategy will enable you to engage in prayer effectively and wait expectantly for the Lord’s answers.
Just like a general creates a battle plan before entering a war, a coach prepares a game plan before a big game, and a knight devises a plan of attack before facing a dragon, you need a battle plan for prayer when you engage in spiritual warfare. While God listens to all our prayers, coming prepared with a prayer strategy aligns our prayers and hearts for specific outcomes, similar to how generals, coaches, and knights plan for their desired results.
In this post, we will address some common questions from readers about having a war room or war binder dedicated to prayer, as well as provide guidance on prayer strategies. Before diving into the details of creating a war room strategy, it’s important to gain a clearer understanding of what prayer is and identify any barriers that may affect its effectiveness.
What is Prayer?
Prayer, in its simplest form, is communicating with God. It’s a direct line of communication with our Heavenly Father, without the need for an operator to connect us. Prayer is not merely telling God what we want; it goes beyond that. It is a conversation with the Creator, involving confessing our sins, expressing gratitude for His blessings, and sharing our needs and desires with Him.
Prayer is like having a chat with your best friend – someone who knows you deeply and loves you unconditionally. It involves waiting with expectation and joyful hope, knowing that God will answer, though not always in the way we anticipate.
“Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly” – Psalm 5:3.
“I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray” – Psalm 17:6.
What Does the Bible Say About Prayer?
God desires communion with us through prayer. It is a foundational aspect of our relationship with Him. Consequently, the Bible contains numerous scriptures relating to prayer. As you embark on creating your own war room prayer strategy, keep these scriptures in mind. You may want to inscribe them in your war binder or display them on the walls of your war room.
Though we will only mention a few scriptures in this post, there are countless more that you can discover by delving into a concordance or utilizing online Bible study tools. These resources will reveal additional verses on prayer, allowing you to deepen your understanding of the subject.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” – Romans 8:26.
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16.
To explore more scriptures on prayer, you can download and print a PDF document titled “What the Bible Says About Prayer” from our website.
Barriers to Effective Prayer
Have you ever found yourself repeatedly praying for something without feeling like God is answering? Have you experienced a sense that something is amiss in your prayer life? You might be encountering barriers to effective prayer. Sometimes we are aware of these barriers, while at other times, we may not even realize they exist.
Before devising your battle plan for prayer, it’s crucial to examine your heart and ask God to reveal any obstacles preventing you from experiencing the full impact of effective prayer.
1. Not Praying Enough
Do you often tell others that you will pray for them, only to forget or neglect to follow through? Is prayer a regular part of your daily life, or do you only pray when you need something? Though many people talk about the power of prayer, few actively engage in prayer as part of their spiritual journey. We make time for TV shows, meals out with friends, and other activities, but we often fail to make time to connect with the One who created us.
Prayer should become second nature to us, as natural as breathing or saying “no” to a toddler. If you neglect prayer, your prayers will go unanswered – it’s as simple as that.
“You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.” – James 4:2.
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Your Experience Matters: Developing Your War Room Strategy
Before engaging in battle, a commander assesses the situation. Similarly, when approaching prayer, you must consider several factors, including:
1. Who are you battling? You are confronting the enemy, Satan, who is cunning, manipulative, and deceitful. Familiarize yourself with what the Bible says about him to gain insights into his tactics.
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44.
2. How prepared are you to battle? If you have addressed the barriers to effective prayer mentioned earlier, you are off to a great start! Ensure you have your Bible, journal, and pen ready for use. Prepare your heart to confess sins, offer praise, and communicate with your Heavenly Father. Equipping yourself with the armor of God is also essential.
3. Where will the battle take place? Spiritual battles occur everywhere and at all times. Maintain an ongoing dialogue with God throughout your day, rebuking the devil in Jesus’ name when necessary. Determine the specific areas in your life where the enemy tends to attack. Recognizing potential weak points will allow you to confront the enemy head-on.
4. What tools or resources do you need? Your Bible is the most important tool you’ll require. Consider incorporating a war binder or prayer journal into your prayer routine. Supplementary resources like concordances or Bible study materials can enhance your understanding and deepen your connection with God.
5. What is your plan of action? Your battle plan for prayer will be unique, tailored to your relationship with God, your strengths, and your preferences. Here are some aspects you might consider incorporating:
- Delve into the enemy’s characteristics and anticipate his methods of attack.
- Focus on one of the enemy’s weapons each day or week.
- Pray battle by battle, interceding for each person or situation on your prayer list.
- Incorporate your Bible reading into your battle plan, using concordances to locate relevant scriptures.
- Infuse worship into your prayer routine, giving glory to God for the victories He has already won.
Once you have answered these questions, commit your battle plan to a War Room Prayer Strategy Workbook, available for download by clicking on the image below.
What to Pray About in Your War Room or War Binder
Your war room or war binder is a sacred space where you pour out your heart to God. It is a place of complete submission and trust that He will answer your prayers, regardless of their magnitude. No prayer is too big or too small for the King of Kings.
In your war room or with your war binder, you can:
- Pray for your adult child who may have drifted from their faith.
- Seek God’s guidance for restoring a struggling marriage.
- Lift up prayers for healing, whether facing major or minor health challenges.
- Cry out to God for financial provision and assistance with debts.
- Ask for the strength to resist temptation when facing trials.
- Seek God’s discernment regarding open doors in your life.
- Receive forgiveness for past sins and find freedom from guilt.
- Request God’s help even in seemingly trivial matters, such as finding lost keys.
War Room Prayers: Pray Before You Pray
Here are a few prayers to guide you as you open your heart to the Lord. These prayers are not rigid; you can personalize them or use them as a foundation for your own war room prayers:
“Heavenly Father, I feel the enemy’s grip tightening around me. His lies echo loudly, and his schemes feel real. He seeks to steal my joy, destroy my home, and wreck my life. I am growing weaker, and my hope is waning. Lord, I need You now more than ever. Holy Spirit, make Your presence known. Fill my heart and every room in my house. Be the light that I desperately need. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
“Lord, I thank You for the relationship I have with [name]. I praise You for their precious life. Lord, You see their heart and understand their struggles. Meet them where they are, Lord. Grant them eyes to see You, ears to hear You, a heart to accept You, and arms to embrace You. Give me a word for them, and use me as a vessel to speak truth into their situation. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen!”
“Father God, I am a sinner, acknowledging my need for a Savior. Take my heart, Lord, and make it new. I surrender to Your will. I place my life in Your hands, trusting the plans You have for me. Teach me, Lord, to follow You. Show me the path, and I will walk it. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”
“Lord, the burden I carry is heavy. I am tired and weak. I struggle and strive without relief. I see no end to the chaos that engulfs my life. I am desperate, Lord; I need You now. Manifest Your presence, and do not leave me here. Send relief, provide a way out. Part the waters for me, just as You did for Moses and the Israelites. In Your mighty name, Jesus, I pray. Amen!”
“Dear Lord, You see my heart. You witness its hardness, bitterness, and anger. I struggle to forgive; I wrestle with letting go of past hurts. The memories play on a loop in my mind. Help me, Father, to release these burdens. Lead me down the path of forgiveness, and I will follow. Thank you, in the name of Jesus. Amen!”
“Heavenly Father, search my heart and reveal any hidden sin in my life. Show me the areas where I am resistant to change, the things that hinder my deep connection with You. Forgive me for insisting on having my way. I choose to trust Your plans for me. Help me, for I cannot do it alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
War Room Scriptures
Though you can incorporate any relevant scriptures into your prayer time and war room, here are a few powerful verses you might wish to explore:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” – Ephesians 6:10-11.
“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3.
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7.
“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.” – 1 Timothy 6:12.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33.
For further reading and additional resources to support your battle and war room strategy, we recommend the following:
- “Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer” by Priscilla Shirer.
- “The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies” by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick.
- “The Armor of God: Stand Firm in Faith with the Whole Armor of God” by Rose Publishing.
Remember, your war room strategy is unique to you – a reflection of your relationship with God, your strengths, and your personal preferences when it comes to prayer and Bible study. Embrace the freedom to develop a battle plan that resonates with your spiritual journey.
What will your war room strategy look like, my friend? How will you prepare for spiritual warfare? Share your thoughts and ideas with us as we navigate this journey together.
Because of Him,