The most important battles we face can only be fought on our knees. And those you love most are depending on you to pray on their behalf! That’s why what you do in your war room is the secret to a successful summer.
Apart from God, we can do nothing, and our biggest lifeline to Him is prayer.
Do you make it a priority?
Do you have a dedicated space where you go to meet with God in His Holy presence?
If not, it’s time you get going because this is the most important thing you can do for your family this summer to really make it count: Get down on your knees on their behalf!
What will you do to make this summer count?
One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to pray for your children!
This is something that we can’t afford to take lightly – we must be intentional and purposeful about praying consistently for our children.
Prayer is our source of power, and when we pray, God works.
Your War Room Is The Secret To A Successful Summer
Prayer is the most important part of rearing our children because God can do what we cannot do.
The parent who is serving God recognizes his own insufficiency. He knows God must work in the hearts of his children in order to make them receptive to truth. While the parent teaches the child about sin and grace, he asks the Father to draw that young heart to active and personal faith in Christ. While the parent diligently teaches God’s Word, he asks God to protect his children from the snares of Satan. Divine Design for the Family – Ray Wenger
As parents, you are going to face challenges with your children. You are going to face discouragement, and maybe even fear.
Fortunately, we have a God who invites us to bring our needs and our fears to Him.
What is your war room?
It is simply a designated space where you go to be alone with God and pray. You may have inspirational messages, scripture verses posted or names of people you are praying for on the walls. No matter where your prayer room is, it is sure to become the most important space in your house!
How do you make a war room?
You don’t need any special tools to make a war room. You don’t even need a special room!
If you don’t have a designated space for it, you could have a poster board (the tri-fold presentation boards work great!) to put around you to block out distractions at your table.
As you can see, to have a war room doesn’t mean you have to have a lot of space, you just have to be creative and intentional.
Of course, if you have the space a designated war room is great to have! You can use a guest bedroom, a corner of the basement or even a closet. Any space that you can declare that Holy Space, where you go to meet with God is your war room!
How do you get a war room prayer life?
In Isaiah 45:11 He invites us to command the work of His hands. I love that!
As a new missionary, Herbert Jackson had a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.
Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. Before leaving, Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started. As he talked, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, “Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable.” He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson’s astonishment, the engine roared to life. For two years, needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from taking advantage of it.
I remember times of discouragement as a mom with eight children.
There were days when the kids were having bad attitudes, bickering with each other, and being uncooperative. I would find myself mumbling and grumbling about it, and God would gently remind me that I hadn’t been praying for them like I should.
I saw firsthand that prayer does make a difference!
That’s when I made a commitment which I still keep, to pray for my kids every day.
The key to making your prayers powerful is to pray Scripture prayers. God’s Word has power that our words don’t have, and when we pray those words back to Him, we are putting His power to work in the lives of those we are praying for.
Praying Scripture isn’t a hard thing to do. Simply take a verse and turn it into a prayer. Praying scripture will help your war room become the key to a successful summer.
For example, I often use the verse in Proverbs 21:1 and prayer: “Father, if You can change the heart of a king, you can change the heart of my child.”
To help you pray Scripture consistently for your children, I encourage you to join the free 30-day prayer challenge: Praying Biblical Virtues For Your Children.
If you’d like to get your kids praying Scripture daily, check out the Devotional Prayer Journal for Kids that goes along with the Praying Biblical Virtues For Your Children.
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I can’t think of a much better summer project than getting your children into the habit of praying Scripture daily!
Today, can I encourage you to also add a time for you and your kids to spend in prayer, seeking God’s power and wisdom?
Don’t forget to grab this pretty prayer journal to help you journal your prayer requests, answers to prayers, as well as to write your prayers. Make your war room a priority this summer!