Creating Your Own War Room
A few weeks ago I went on a mini rant on snapchat about prayer. I spoke about how we often get lazy in the place of prayer and end up losing where we are predestined to win. One of the major tactics of the enemy is to distract and discourage us from making time with God. We end up staying late watching Netflix or FaceTime with bae. Then snooze our alarm clocks several times before rummaging through our morning routine and rushing to work or class. We do this day in and day out-- then when the weekend comes, we fill it with kickbacks, dates, partying or whatever. Needless to say, we sometimes get warped into living an unintentionally busy life and completely neglect the intimate relationship that God so much wants us to have.
Intimacy is a concept that Hollywood has hijacked and framed up for us. When we think of intimacy, we limit it to hook ups and sensual interactions with the opposite sex-- but really, intimacy is FAR from that. Intimacy is meant to be a safe space of vulnerability where we can cast our fears, admit our flaws and strengthen our weaknesses. WIth the crazy world we live in we need this space, this one on one time with God where we can be real and deal with our issues head on.
Creating time for God is the first step and perhaps the most important--but what you do during that time with God and how you do it is crucial. There is no full-proof 5 step process to having this intimate time with God. In fact, I'll admit that each day is different for me. Some days, I spend more time praising than praying and other days, I just listen. But no matter the day, I always come with a heart of expectancy and use the Word of God as a guide to initiate my time with God.
With present day technology at arms reach, journaling and using a physical bible can be archaic to some, but it may be a great place to start if you find it difficult to focus or meditate effectively. Taking time to look up scriptures that directly relate to whatever is on my heart--- and then using those scriptures to pray is an undeniably effective strategy.
Creating your own war room is without a doubt a necessary if you want to live a victorious life and fulfill your purpose. It may be inconvenient to create this time and the silence initially may be uncomfortable-- but be persistent, and create your war room anyway. Dedicate a little space in your room or home where you know you can post up scriptures or nuggets of revelations the Lord places in your heart. Write out your prayers, and place them where you can see them, so that you will be reminded to pray them out loud often.
Whatever you do, don't turn this into a religious monotonous practice. Instead, come expectant and watch God always exceed your expectations.
Grace & Peace,