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Prayer, War Rooms & Being Immovable

September 7, 2015

11917561_1673084822923096_3047026586918052371_oI knew I would see the movie “War Room” more than once. I love every movie the Kendrick Brothers have made, and our family has seen each several times on DVD. What I didn’t know was that I would be moved to see it twice—in the theater, within a week’s time.

That movie moved me, and not just in the moment. I was moved to make changes.

I’ve never had a set-aside place to pray. I pray in my morning quiet time at the kitchen table, in the shower, in my minivan, and anywhere else I find myself. But none of these are dedicated prayer spots.  At any moment I might be interrupted.

After watching the movie, I was motivated to set up a dedicated space—a war room—so I could steal away and have uninterrupted prayer time. But what space could I use? We’re pressed for closet space, and what closet space we have is crammed, so that wouldn’t work. In fact, nothing I came up with would work in my mind.

On the way home from church, I asked my daughter if she had any ideas. She said, “How about the bathroom in the basement?”

My reply was quick. “Uh….no.”

Actually, it had crossed my mind too, one of the ideas I’d quickly dismissed. Our basement—notice we don’t say “lower level,” as if there’s anything nice about it—is used for laundry and exercising. We rarely use the bathroom down there. I stopped upon noticing that crickets and spiders were fond of it. I don’t do crickets and spiders.

But that bathroom kept coming to mind. So I went down, peeked in, winced at the spider web with a dead cricket. . . . and saw possibilities. The fact that no one used it was a plus; I wouldn’t get interrupted. And there was natural light, which was nice. Maybe I could fit a chair in the corner . . .

I wanted Bill’s help, but he wasn’t home, and I was suddenly motivated. So I got the broom, some gloves, and a bucket of cleaning supplies, and went to work. Only God could have moved me to forego a Sunday nap and tackle basement bugs, but two hours later, I was done, and fully convinced this would be my war room.

Over the next few days, I added an unused chair, couple of throw rugs for the floor, and other items. I stood for a moment, marveling. The space had been transformed. It was perfect.

The following day I ventured down to the basement, armed with my Bible, pens, a notepad, and a journal I’m determined to put to use. I sat in my chair and released a sigh of gratitude. This was my space. My war room. This was the Lord moving in my heart to deepen my prayer life in a way I hadn’t imagined. This was expectancy and anticipation and believing. I will still pray at my kitchen table, in my prayer closet-shower, in my minivan, and wherever else I find myself. But there’s something about having this special place . . .

Have you seen the movie? Were you inspired to set up a war room of some kind?

Also on the subject of prayer is this week’s video—“5 Ways to be Immovable About Prayer.” I pray it blesses.

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  • Reply Kenya Rodgers September 8, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Yes Kim! My hubby and I just saw the movie this weekend. I’ve been meaning to clean my closet for the two years we’ve been living here (I never really unpacked everything when we moved in), and now I’ve got a reason. I think I can clean out a portion of it to make it my war room. That’s my goal this month. I’m excited! Also, I switched from pen and paper journals to electronic journals several years ago. It will be a shift to go back to some form of paper.

    One item on the top of my prayer list is to pray for the non-believers or the unchurched who see the movie. I read a review that interpreted the movie completely wrong. For example, the author took the line Beth Moore spoke about submission being when you duck so God can hit your hubby, as encouraging domestic violence and telling women to take anything and let their husbands walk all over them and endure physical violence.

    I was discussing the movie with my bestie and she loved the movie, but said she felt like the movie was for Believers. It was so uplifting and inspiring to those of us who have or are earnestly seeking a relationship with Christ, but those who aren’t there, can’t understand it.

    • Reply Kim Cash Tate September 14, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Kendra, I love that the movie moved you to make changes as well! (And don’t you love when you have a motivating reason to clean? :)) I find it so interesting that you switched from pen and paper journals to electronic journals. Someone mentioned using Evernote for journaling on my FB page, and I thought, wow! I don’t know if I’d be able to process the same way using electronic journaling, because there’s something about paper and pen for me. So I find it doubly interesting that you’re shifting back to paper after seeing the movie. :)

      I think I read that same review! Or maybe many of the reviews are saying the same things, if they’re written by unbelievers. Praise God that you’re praying for unbelievers who see the movie. Yes! It’s at the top of the box office, so there are people seeing this movie from many walks of life. May the Lord meet them in a special and powerful way in that theater and long after they leave.

  • Reply Iris September 8, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I listened to your video 3 times today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The Scripture passages you have share are invaluable to me.

    I am thankful for your ministry.

    • Reply Kim Cash Tate September 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Iris, I know we talked about this on Facebook, but I have to say here as well that this is so encouraging to me. Praise God! I’m so thankful that it was a help to you. Blessings to you as you seek Him in prayer!

  • Reply M. Simone Boyd September 11, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Yes! My mom and I saw it together last weekend and LOVED it. I haven’t set aside a dedicated room for prayer yet, but between that movie and your video…the Lord is definitely speaking me to up my prayer life.

    Thanks Kim!

    • Reply Kim Cash Tate September 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      What an awesome mother/daughter outing! Amen, I think that movie has spoken to so many about stepping up our prayer lives. Praise the Lord! I pray the Lord gives us grace continually to seek Him in ever-increasing ways.

  • Reply Tamara D. Davis September 12, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Kim! I haven’t watched the video but wanted to comment. Over the last three years, I guess my entire bedroom was my war room. I had scriptures, sayings and reminders from the Holy Spirit all over my room. When a particular part came to pass, I removed it. So now, the war is different. New scriptures going up. Some, I have close to my heart and speak them verbally so I don’t need a visual reminder for those. LOL

    As believers, most of US don’t know how to pray and the power of prayer. That’s why I believe the message was so critical for us.

    • Reply Kim Cash Tate September 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Hey Tamara! I love that your entire bedroom has been your war room! Scriptures, sayings, reminders…..all over the room….powerful! And don’t you love hearing from the Lord when He’s switching things up? So now the war will be different, with new scriptures, and you already know that He has a plan and purpose and will meet you in amazing ways. I agree that the messages in that movie were so critical. Prayer is foundational. And it’s powerful. I pray the fruit of that movie, with everyone who’s moved to step up their prayer lives, is lasting and continues to multiply!

  • Reply Melanie Chapman Lawson September 13, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    As a Christian and teacher I have learned to balance all the roles in my life. This week my Jewish grandchildren have been learning about the power of words. My son is Zchristian and they are bridging the two cultures. Remember our Holy Bibles have the old and the new.

    There are few willing to dig deeply into the background of Hillary Clinton. I will help you.

    I remember sitting on the parade ground for Hillary expecting her to sit with the families that had lost lives under the Clinton administration. Some of my troops had been killed in the line of duty supporting Bill’s fiftieth birthday celebration.

    We had atomic bombs and were in the process of transitioning to conventional bombs.

    The day was warm, with a slight scent of jet fuel mixed with the toxin asbestos. Chem warfare was ever present that day. Was our search and recovery teams truly protected when they searched for the body parts scattered across the countryside. Protocol and Public Affairs had worked at rapid speeds of deployment to honour our fellow comrades in arms. Where was Hillary?

    The sky was aflame with colours as the American Flag waved momentarily from a short burst of air racing across the West Texas dust bowl. There were tears running down the faces of our loved ones with a slight touch of environmental toxins. Where was Hillary?

    I could see my office and the command center off in the distance. The Clintons had trained me to be part of a rapid advance team and set up Guantanamo. I was a woman sitting in the middle of my troops. Where was Hillary?

    There was the scandal involving government travel and I was assigned the task of oversight to maintain the integrity of government travel. Bright Flag was my largest undertaking with Air Combat Command. I embedded the early care system for child development within this pilot project. So many deaths on August 1995. The grief served as a mechanism to accelerate the different stages of grief. Clinton’s were asking our troops to think outside the box. No, one wanted see the box of body parts. The image of body parts enclosed in a container and the fluids seeping onto the concrete floor of the hanger base was a vivid display of the risks I took every day. Where was Hillary?

    These are unacceptable and often painful reminders of intolerance that the legacy of the Clinton’s has had on civilian and military communities. On that day of significance in history I close my mind to these impressions of too much tolerance within and between our former First Lady Hillary Clinton. There are numerous promotions signed off by me within the operating systems of the Department of Defence. She was an instrument that stopped the promotion of me as a professional development specialist. She wrote a book about it taking a whole village to bring up a child. Where was Hillary?

    The image of the platform on the parade ground once again comes crashing through the barricades I set up to remember my troops. The Air Force and Secret Service identified the crash victims as Capt. Kevin N. Earnest, Capt. Kimberly Jo Wielhouwer, 2d Lieut. Benjamin T. Hall, Staff Sgt. Michael J. Smith Jr., Senior Airman Michael R. York, Senior Airman Ricky L. Merritt, Senior Airman Billy R. Ogston, Airman Thomas A. Stevens and Secret Service Agent Aldo E. Frascoia, 57, of Washington. The Air Force personnel all were based at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Tex. Since Kimberly represents women in combat it would be very proper and right for Hillary to speak now.

    Melanie K. Chapman Lawson, M.Ed, M.Ed, M.Ed
    Professional Development Specialist
    Doctorate pending from Texas Tech University
    Valid military identification card

    Copyrighted September 12, 2015

    Sent from my iPad

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