Recently, we viewed the War Room movie at our evening service at Banyule Wesleyan Methodist church. Miss Clara has a special little closet, which she dedicates to praying, and she calls it War Room. While watching, my mind wondered back to my house in search of a closet possibly to be cleared out for dedication as a spiritual prayer room! That was how captivated I was! The word of Jesus came to me: “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Mather 6:6) However, the main theme of War Room is not so much about praying secretly in an enclosed area. Miss Clara had firmly encouraged a young wife and mother, Elizabeth, is to pray, pray, and then pray some more, preferably in seclusion for complete undistracted focus, in a battle against Satan, not against her husband. The film director of this American Christian drama, Alex Kendrick, says “we called it War Room because, like the military, we should seek God for the right strategy before going into combat. By combat, I mean daily issues we face in our culture.” The film initially received negative reviews but then it became a box office success and a sleeper hit, with CNN’s report: “some might call it a faith-based David versus the secular Goliaths in the entertainment industry.”
I was moved by the faith-based drama because of my own personal experience in my very first prayer. I had talked desperately to a God whom I did not know then. That prayer led me to my conversion. From then on, needless to say, prayer ranks the top in my list of spiritual disciplines. I thought I knew a fair bit about prayer and know the true meaning of this spiritual discipline … until I spent two months researching and reading more for the development of the new Kingsley Community subject, “Principles of Prayer.” This journey has enriched me to value my prayer life differently. There are so much more to learn from those people whose prayers have changed history and the world; from those committed people of God whose lives greatly honour His holiness; and to learn on the meaning of the effectiveness of biblical principles of prayer.
Kevin Brown and I have spent two months in May and June on the development of this subject. Our desire is that Kingsley Community students, as well as other pastors and leaders, will be encouraged to develop further as people of prayer. Still further, we pray that this subject will inspire a revival for His church.
The preparation for the subject has changed my prayer life. Please be praying with me that God would use this subject, now and in the future, to equip our leaders as men and women of powerful prayer.
Rev Susan Lee
If you would like to join any of the class dates as Profession Development- over web conference- please see the schedule below and call the College office on 03 9357 3699.
Mondays – 10 am to 4 pm: (In the Broadmeadows Training Centre or via web conference)
01 Aug Seminar 1 An Introduction/Can prayer be taught and learnt? / Exploring with Tozer
29 Aug Seminar 2 Prayer that changes History and the World / Exploring with Tozer
3 Oct Seminar 3 The Effectiveness of Prayer / Exploring with Tozer
24 Oct Seminar 4 The Biblical Principles of Prayer / Exploring with Tozer
21 Nov Seminar 5 Spiritual Formation: Going deeper into prayer / Exploring with Tozer