When we enter into our war room prayers, we are often praying over people who have hurt us in some way, those who are suffering and need the presence of God. In order for our prayers for these people to be effective, its important that our hearts be right.
A War Room Prayer for Forgiveness
Here we take a look at Job. Job’s whole world was shattered. He lost all of his children. He lost his flocks and his herds, which in today’s society would be the equivalent of losing your job along with any additional source of income.
If that was not enough, Job was afflicted with a horrible disease. He lived in constant pain and even his nagging wife would not comfort him. Three of his friends came to sit with him but after a time of silence, they began to reflect on what happened to Job.
They leveled some ugly accusations, insulting both Job and God. They insisted Job had committed some great sin and that the hardships he faced were proof of this.
When God restores Job, He sends his friends to apologize and beg his forgiveness. He says that Job should offer a sacrifice on behalf of his friends so that their offering would be accepted.
“So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” – Job 42:8, NIV
Asking Humbly in Prayer
Interestingly, Job’s response is never noted. He does offer the sacrifice but there’s no record of the conversation with his friends. How easy it would be to proclaim his righteousness in that moment. It would be hard not to gloat about how right he was.
When someone else has sinned, it can be tempting to rejoice in their fall. But Job is an example of how we should treat friends who have failed to honor God. We’re not to delight in their sin but humbly ask God to forgive them.
God, I confess my own pride when I see someone else do wrong. I’m tempted to believe that I’m better than them but I’m not. So I humbly pray for (name). Please forgive their sins. Show them how to walk in Your ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
War Room Prayers are About Persistence
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” – Luke 18:1, NIV
When Jesus was with his disciples, he told them a story of a persistent widow. This one had been wrongfully treated and she sought justice from a local judge.
The judge in the case was a despicable man who didn’t care about anyone but himself. He refused to grant her justice and ignored her cause for a considerable amount of time.
This widow had no one else to take up her cause. She had no lawyer. She had no husband or son to fight for her. Yet she faithfully brought her petition to the judge, each time asking for justice.
Finally, the judge granted her request. He did so not because he cared about what was right or because he had a sudden revelation. He simply wanted the woman gone.
Jesus concluded his story with a powerful question: “And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?” (Luke 18:7)
Prayer for Justice
Sometimes, you may pray for someone else—for them to receive justice in a situation—and it feels like nothing is happening. But God is always working situations out for His glory (Jeremiah 29:11) and our good (Romans 8:28).
God, please grant my friend (name) justice. You see their cause and You know they’re seeking to do the right thing. Preserve them with Your care and be their Defender. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
War Room Prayer for Peace
Katie had a normal pregnancy. When she went into labor, she called her husband who met her at the hospital. They had prayed over and anticipated the arrival of their first son for months.
But as soon as he was born, doctors ushered the newborn away from his parents. That’s when Katie knew something was wrong. The doctor returned a few minutes later to explain that their child was born with deformities and would need a series of surgeries as he grew.
It was months before Katie was able to take her son home. Even then, he had many medical needs and was a sickly child. On the evening before one of his surgeries, she was terrified something would go wrong.
She managed to sleep for a few hours and when she woke the morning of the surgery, she felt deep peace in her soul. She knew whatever happened that her son was safe in God’s hands.
It wasn’t until after she checked her voicemail messages later that day she understood why. Her friends had organized a prayer vigil and spent the entire night in war room prayers over her son.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” – Isaiah 26:3-4, NIV
War Room Prayer for Peace in the Midst
If someone you know is going though a difficult time, you can pray that they would be held in perfect peace. Peace is not the absence of pain but the assurance of God’s presence in the middle of it all.
God, I pray for (name) that they would feel Your presence today. Grant them peace. Send worry, doubt, and pain far from them. Guard their heart so they would know that You are watching over them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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