Watching the ‘War Room’

war room

war room is any place that is used to provide centralized commands or battle plans. While frequently considered to be a military facility, these are typically used by governments or businesses. And war rooms can also be used for another purpose – prayer.

This is the subject of the recently released film ‘War Room’. Produced by the Kendrick brothers, ‘War Room’ would have to be their best film yet. In the style of Fireproof, Facing the Giants and Courageous, ‘War Room’ is a faith based film that inspires the viewer to believe in the power of prayer. Despite the harsh secular reviews, this is an encouraging and engaging film. The official synopsis reads:

‘From the award-winning creators of Fireproof and Courageous comes WAR ROOM, a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.

Tony and Elizabeth Jordan have it all—great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth resigns herself to increasing bitterness. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, and is challenged to establish a “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth tries to fight for her family, Tony’s hidden struggles come to light. Tony must decide if he will make amends to his family and prove Miss Clara’s wisdom that victories don’t come by accident.

In theaters now and filled with more of the authentic characters loved by millions in previous Kendrick Brothers’ films, WAR ROOM is a vivid reminder that prayer is a powerful weapon.’

I came away from ‘War Room’ greatly encouraged to pray fervently. While this film may be preaching to the choir, it reminds Christians that instead of fighting each other, we ought to be fighting our real enemy.  War Room also encourages every Christian to be on fire for God rather than being “lukewarm” (illustrated in a scene with a cup of coffee) and to take up the mantle of spiritual warfare to see our families, communities, and nations transformed.

War Room delivers compelling drama and good acting performances. Karen Abercrombie makes a fine performance as the delightful Miss Clara, despite only having one other film credit to her name.

While the secular world has rubbished this film, War Room is still enjoying success at the box office. It seems that faith based films are making a come back. My task for the weekend is to carve out a war room in my closet!

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