War Room

Proverbs 21:31
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.
Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
I just came from the movie War Room. This Kendrick Brothers production was enjoyable, heart-warming, and well directed, acted, and edited. It may be a bit direct, sometimes preachy, and not terribly nuanced. But I was engaged the whole time, emotionally-touched, and thankful for the manner in which Jesus’ name was used throughout – no cursing here, just praise, prayer in Jesus’ name. The prayers were for marriage restoration, forgiveness, moral clarity, and godliness. Difficult to complain against that!
The movie synopsis offered online pretty well sums up the plot:
With great jobs, a beautiful daughter (Alena Pitts) and a dream house, the Jordans seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as husband Tony (T.C. Stallings) flirts with temptation and wife Elizabeth (Priscilla Shirer) becomes increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara (Karen Abercrombie), who encourages the couple to find happiness through prayer.
But the movie is not just about prayer; it is about God’s power, Jesus’ victory, and the reality of Satan’s desire to steal, kill, and destroy. It is about a husband and wife who seek God, and turn from their own selfish ways, to God and resolve to do the right thing – no matter the costs. We all know that life isn’t ever as neat as Ward and June Cleaver, Wally and the Beaver. Nor do couples’ troubles go away as quickly as the Jordan’s troubles seem to evaporate. But how we wish they did! The ultimate resolution to all our ills – physical, social, marital, familial, spiritual, and vocational – will be experienced fully only in the Resurrection on the Great Last Day. It is a good thing, however, to seek a foretaste of those great joys and to pray for God’s kingdom to come among us now, even as we wait for the fullness of those joys in the land of the living.

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