I can’t stop thinking about Miss Clara.
It’s kind of silly, really. Miss Clara is not even a real person. She’s a character in War Room, a very inspiring movie.
In the film, Miss Clara has a closet in her home that she calls her War Room. It’s where she wages battle on her knees in prayer. Her wise ways impact the life of a troubled young wife and mother, who begins to follow her example.
I came home from the theater and started thinking about which closet I wanted to empty out to emulate her. But then, I realized that the key to Miss Clara’s success was not the location of her prayer room, but the daily dedication toward intercession.
I want to be a wise woman who wages war the right way and claims the victory. I want to plead the promises for my family. I want to see God do a miraculous work in the lives of my loved ones.
So, I’ve created a battle plan of my own, and I wanted to share it with you.
Nine Powerful Scriptures to Pray over Your Family:
Father, may ______ offer his body to You as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to You as an act of true worship. May he not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of his mind. May he test and approve your good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1-2).
Lord, may _____ rejoice in You always. May her gentleness be evident to all. Help her to not be anxious about anything, but to present her requests to You because You are near. May Your peace guard her heart and mind. Help her to think on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. May she put into practice all that she has learned, received, and heard from Your Word (Philippians 4:4-9).
May _____ clothe himself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Help him to forgive any one he has a grievance against as You have forgiven him, Lord. May he love and walk in unity with others. Let the peace of Christ rule in his heart. Help him to be thankful. May Your message dwell in him richly with all wisdom. May he sing to You with gratitude in his heart. May whatever he does be done in Christ’s name. (Colossians 3:12-17).
Lord God, help _____ not to be arrogant nor to put her hope in uncertain wealth, but to put her hope in You, her Provider. Help her to be rich in good deeds, be generous and willing to share. May she lay up spiritual treasure for herself so that she may take hold of the life that is truly life (I Timothy 6:17-19).
Creator God, help ____ to flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on You out of a pure heart. May he have nothing to do with foolish arguments and quarrels (II Timothy 2:22-23).
God, our Defender, help ____ to have a mind that is alert and sober. May her hope be set on your grace to come. Help her to be an obedient daughter who does not conform to evil desires, but may she be holy in all that she does (I Peter 1:13-16).
Warrior God, help ______ humble himself under Your mighty hand, that You may lift him up in due time. May he cast all his anxiety on You. Help him to be alert and of sober mind. May he resist the roaring enemy lion and stand firm in the faith. Remind him and encourage him that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings (I Peter 5:6-9).
Father, may _____ make every effort to add to her faith goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love. Help her to be effective and productive in her knowledge of Christ. May she never become nearsighted and forget that she has been cleansed from her past sins (I Peter 1:5-9).
Lord God, may _____ love You with all his heart, soul, and strength. May your commandments be impressed on his heart. May he talk about them when he is at home or on the road, when he lies down and when he gets up (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).
God’s Word never returns void. As we pray these Scriptural prayers over our family, the Holy Spirit will begin to plant seeds in our homes that will bear fruit for the Kingdom. Let’s get to praying!
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Lyli Dunbar loves teaching. For 17 years, she mentored teenagers in the Christian school setting, and now she has serves as Associate Director of Curriculum at Trinity International University Florida. Lyli married her Prince Charming in her 40’s and has a heart for encouraging young couples and singles in God’s waiting room. She enjoys road trips with her husband, connecting with women through Bible study, and reading way too many books. Lyli writes about life lessons and faith on her personal blog. You may also connect with her on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.
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