This Means War

Hope for Women contributor reveals how war rooms are changing livesBy Katie Bell and Chandra Sparks Splond Today, we’re excited to welcome Hope for Women’s very own Katie Bell who shares how women across the country are building war rooms and changing their lives, and gives readers a chance to build their war room library.

Take it away, Katie.

The first time I saw War Room, I knew it was going to be a game changer in the lives of women across the country. It’s just one of those films that leaves you full of hope and reminds you there is good in this world. The film perfectly shows the power of prayer in our marriages, families, careers, friendships and every other area of life— if we only use it. I made the decision to create my own war room in our house by emptying the closet in my office and I’ve seen a dramatic difference in my prayer life. There’s something special about transforming an uninspired space into a place for prayer. Since the movie’s release and the release of books tied to the film— Fervent by Priscilla Shirer is incredible!—I have loved seeing women of all ages show their own war rooms and how they’re encouraging friends and family to create their own.

So how do you create your very own war room?

The key is to find a space where you can go and pray without interruptions. Moms, I know this is especially a challenge for you, but get creative! For many, a closet is the best option, but find what works best for you and the season of life you’re in right now. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, make it warm and inviting by adding a small lamp, throw pillow or blanket, and pictures that inspire you. Be sure to have your Bible, a journal and a good pen so you can keep track of answered prayers. You also might consider getting a book to help focus your prayers each day, like 5 Minutes with Jesus by Sheila Walsh, Encouragement for Today by Renee Swope and Lysa TerKeurst or Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

Ready to create your own war room? Check out these awesome examples of prayer warriors who transformed closets, nooks and laundry rooms to create their war room.

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Editor’s Note: Hope for Women wants to help you create your war room. Share a story of how prayer has changed your life, and three lucky Hope for Women readers will receive copies of Fervent by author and War Room star Priscilla Shirer.