The Kendrick brothers have always been one of my best movie writers/producers, with a history of amazing works like ‘’Fireproof’’, ‘’Courageous’’ and ‘’Facing the Giants’’, so I was quite excited when I heard they had a new release.
But that title – ‘War Room’ made me quite unsure of what to expect. I felt this might just be a film dedicated to persecuted believers in Christian faith intolerant countries. (Lame right? Don’t mind me!)
My ‘creative’ mind conjured up battle filled scenes, images of war, flying bullets, cries, shouts, blood! I became a bit apprehensive about seeing the movie, not being a fan of ‘bloodshed’ movies (as I call such films), you know- the likes of ‘Spartacus’, ‘Vampire Diary’, ‘We Were Soldiers’, Troy’....nah, not for me, if at all I see them, ‘na follow follow cause am’. Lol
I saw the film. And I became more convinced that with the Kendrick brothers, you can’t predict or box up creativity; for they always find creative ways of passing across the ultimate message in their works.
I got to discover that in the ‘War Room’ movie, there wasn’t any battle, blood, gunshots, bloodsheds and the likes as I thought, at least not physically; after all, ‘’the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of all strongholds’’. ll Cor 10:4
Our War Rooms are our secret places of prayer, a place of strategy for our spiritual warfare. If we hope to thwart Satan's schemes, to counter his cunning strategies to divide us, we'll need a beefy battle strategy. A strategy that can come from only one place: time spent asking for God's guidance in our prayer closet. The movie has its physical setting of the War Room in the seclusion of a closet converted into a spiritual “war room”, where Bible verses, wish lists and other inspirational material can be pasted on the wall for easy reference.
It won’t be wrong to say the elderly Miss Clara represents the Holy Spirit, as she urges and spurns on Elizabeth to take back her family from the grip of the enemy through prayers. Advising her to stop spending her time dwelling on Tony’s many failings as a husband, or his neglectfulness as a father to their daughter, Danielle. Rather, she should be fighting alongside, not against, her errant husband, forging an alliance to battle the one responsible for their unhappiness - Satan.
The two hours movie has some strong, unbeatable truth which every believer must come to know. It teaches on prayer... forgiveness, temptation, conversion, and, most importantly, the cosmic struggle between God and the devil that occur in every home and every heart.
The characters wore their roles like well fitted garments; you can’t but love them - Priscillia Shirer who played Elizabeth Jordan, TC Stallings as Tony Jordan, Karen Abercrombie as Miss Clara and adorable Alena Pitts as little Danielle Jordan.
There are a number of great quotes from the movie, quotes you’d sure be remembering for a long time- one was where Elizabeth impressed by her husband’s drive to start afresh on a clean slate, though little, encouraged him by saying ‘’I’d rather have a man chasing Jesus, than a house full of stuffs’’.
Also is the quote signifying that for a home to last forever it must be based only on a person, Jesus Christ – Elizabeth told Tony, “I am His before I am yours. And because I love Jesus I’m staying right here.”
As well as quotes on prayers - ‘’God does hear what we pray, we don’t need a megaphone or a million people to get his attention; the goal of prayer is not to change God’s mind about what you want. The goal of prayer is to change you own heart, to want what He wants, to the glory of God’’
However, the movie received generally negative reviews from critics, like the Los Angeles Times which says the film was "more of a bible study and so heavy on broad pulpit pounding that it’s challenging to get swept away by the story’s message’’. Despite that, the movie became a box office success and sleeper hit.
Rated PG and released in August 2015, I saw ‘War Room’ in early 2016, and since then, I haven’t had the heart to delete this movie from my phone. After all, it isn’t every day you get lucky to see an amazing Christian movie like that. I know so many people have seen it, but just in a tinny winny case you haven’t seen War Room yet, quietly treat yourself to a Cinema, get the CD or do a download- three cool options for you there..
One of my favorites scenes was when Micheal Jordan, after his conversion treated his wife Elizabeth to a romantic night of movies, ice cream and feet washing. Unable to comprehend such rare display of love and affection from her husband, Elizabeth said amidst tears of joy and a mouth full of ice cream ‘’I’m eating my favorite desert and my husband is washing my feet; there’s got to be a God in heaven!’’
Another of the many ‘awemazing’ scenes in the movie, perhaps one that stuck with me ever since is the last scene, quite powerful and intense was Miss Clara’s heartfelt prayers at the end of the movie.
It is a call to the Lord to raise up warriors for him, a call to raise up soldiers for the kingdom and unashamed believers who would not be ashamed to spread the light of Christ abroad for all to see.
I pray it from time to time; you should too- here-
You’ve done it again, Lord. You’ve done it again.
You are good, and You are mighty, and You are merciful! And You keep taking care of me when I don’t deserve it.
Praise You, Jesus! You are Lord….
Raise up more that will call upon Your name.
Raise up those that love You, and seek You, and trust You.
Raise ‘em up, Lord!
Raise 'em up!
Lord, we need a generation of believers who are not ashamed of the gospel!
We need an army of believers, Lord, that hate to be lukewarm, and will stand on Your Word above all else!
Raise 'em up, Lord!
Raise 'em up!
I pray for unity among those that love You.
I pray that You open their eyes so that they can see Your truth, Lord.
I pray for Your hand of protection and guidance.
Raise up a generation, Lord, that will take light into this world; that will not compromise when under pressure; that will not cower, Lord, when others fall away!
Raise 'em up, Lord, that they will proclaim that there is salvation in the name of Jesus Christ!
Raise up warriors, Lord, who will fight on their knees, who will worship you with their whole hearts, Lord!
Lord, call us to battle, that we may proclaim King of Kings, and Lord of Lords!
I pray these things with all my heart.
Raise 'em up, Lord!
Raise 'em up!