Everyone is raving about the movie, "The War Room". Yes, the message is relevant and timely! Yes, the church needs to stop being "lukewarm" and become seriously diligent in prayer warfare!
My concern is that some new believers....or some whose roots have not grown strong....will look at God as some "Genie in a bottle". The main character, Elizabeth, has all of her prayers answered in the way SHE wanted in four short weeks! That's awesome & I'm not saying that can't happen. However, what if you prayed...."warred"....interceded for 32 years but your prayers were NOT answered in the way YOU wanted? Would you STILL remain faithful to God? Would you STILL TRUST that God heard your prayers? That your prayers were not in vain?
I feel like the movie didn't explore the fact that God has given man free will! The woman's husband, Tony, yielded his will to God! Hallelujah! But not all men will! What if Tony had continued to make bad choices? What then? Would we say God didn't answer Elizabeth's prayers? Or would we say....she didn't pray hard enough.....or she didn't pray correctly? Or would we say God heard her cries, but God will not interfere in man's free will!
Maybe to be a more realistic movie, they could have followed two families. One with the outcome like the Jordan family.....but another family whose prayers are answered in a different way. Haven't you prayed and believed for a loved one to be healed, but they die?! How about praying for a wayward child who never returns?! Or a marriage that ends in divorce? How powerful to see people remain FAITHFUL.....continue to PRAY.......have HOPE......COURAGE......and INTERCEDE even then!!
My favorite part of the movie is when the pastor keeps walking in & out of the war room.....He FEELS the prayers in the walls! I want my entire house to be like that! I want my entire being to be like that! I want my life to be an example of Habakkuk 3:17 "Though the fig tree does not blossom, and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, YET I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior!" Don't get me wrong.....I love, I celebrate, I rejoice when prayers are answered quickly & in the way they were in the movie, but I want to CONTINUE to be a prayer warrior even when they are not!