I may be the last Christian in the country who hasn’t seen the War Room movie. It’s certainly not because I wouldn’t want to see it, but three kids and a movie theatre an hour away made it a little difficult for a movie date. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to rent it on DVD.
I’m glad for films like this that remind Christians of the power in prayer. Our access to God through Jesus is one of the distinguishing characteristics of our faith when compared to the other religions of the world.
But many of us are left wondering what happens if our prayers aren’t answered as clearly as movies like this portray. What if the requests of our life aren’t left wrapped in a pretty bow after we pray about them?
What happens when….
Your marriage is not only still broken but seems to be on the fast track to divorce.
Your cancer seems to be growing rather than shrinking.
Those relationship issues still aren’t solved and it seems like they may never be in this lifetime.
Your spouse seems to have no interest in coming to church with you, let alone embracing the gospel.
To better understand the purpose of prayer, I think it may help us to look at a the most famous prayer of all – the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6. You may be familiar with these verses already, but I hope you’ll stick with me! Jesus says,
In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.