The last time I was in the Majestic Theater was June 2003. I was there for a very monumental occasion…my high school graduation. It’s amazing how going back to a significant place can bring back all the feelings and emotions you first experienced there.
I can remember my classmates and I gathering downstairs near the bathrooms. It was there that we cried and exchanged jokes and words of unbelief that we had made it to this day. We were at the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new. The time had come to say goodbye to each other after being each other’s world for the past four years. It was a day that reflected the progress we’d made in life up until that point. And it was considerably one of the most transformational days of our pre-adult years.
12 years and 2 months later I found myself back in the same theater, but for a different event. This time I was there to celebrate and watch the release of War Room — a movie that many people dedicated their time, energy, talents, and resources to complete.
It was kind of like another graduation of sorts. The room was filled with hundreds of excited and jovial friends and loved ones just like it was that hot summer day in 2003. People were even dressed up in their nice graduation attire all over again! :)
The only real difference was instead of being on the stage, this time, I was the one in the audience observing, supporting, laughing, crying, and smiling. I was there to do the cheering and celebrating. It was interesting to see things from the other side.
We watched the movie then afterwards, there was a short Q&A with the cast.
By the time Q&A started, I had become comfortable in my role as a mere spectator. I was happy just to be in the number until my comfort and expectations were challenged.
I entered the theater expecting to watch a movie and listen to Q&A that would inspire me, encourage me, and motivate me to make a change in my life. What I didn’t expect was to feel ignited and responsible in a deeper way than I can put into words.
As the closing prayer for the night was given, Holy Spirit said to me, “You just graduated again.”
The words struck me.
“I just graduated again? What does that mean?”
And this is what I came to realize: Every graduation launches a person into a new way of life, a new territory, a new level of qualification, responsibility and ability.
God was telling me that I am now responsible for consistently praying in a way I’ve only done sporadically. He was confirming that I am equipped and have all the tools I need to move on to the next level.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that since the end of last year, I have read multiple books on prayer. I even finished one by Timothy Keller just a couple days before the War Room premiere.
It’s as if God has been moving me to this “graduation day” this entire time.
Now it’s time for me to live it out, wholeheartedly.
And I don’t just believe this is true for me. I believe it’s the call God is giving to His entire church.
We absolutely cannot afford to not pray.
We absolutely cannot afford to just let life happen.
We absolutely cannot afford to not fight.
If we don’t fight we’re saying we are a pitiful and defeated army, which completely contradicts the entire work of the cross that says It. Is. Finished.
It totally diminishes the truth of the gospel that says Jesus Christ died, conquered the grave and rose victorious.
If we don’t jump wholeheartedly into battle, it absolutely says, “God, I know you have a perfect plan, but I am not with you on this. Just do it all without me. Oh! And keep all your power and promises too while you’re at it. I’m doing just fine without them.”
We can’t keep living at our current level of commitment.
We can’t keep acting like we don’t have a role to live out in the earth and in God’s great story.
We can’t ignore the clear and repetitive instructions of the Lord found in His word that says
- “Pray without ceasing…” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- “Believe in confidence…” – 1 John 5:14
- “Ask and you shall receive…” – Matthew 7:7
- “Humble yourselves and pray…” – 2 Chronicles 7:14
- “Call upon my name…” – Psalm 91:15, Jeremiah 33:3
We absolutely can’t!! And if we don’t feel anything stirring in our hearts to increase our prayer lives, maybe it’s because we don’t realize or properly value what’s at stake.
We have a lot to loose if we don’t wake up and lay claim of the promises of God.
Our enemy, Satan, seeks to devour us, he seeks to steal, kill, and destroy us and we act like what we have isn’t worth fighting for! Now I’m getting fired up. Let me break this down another way.
I had a dream on December 12, 2014. In this dream I was cleaning up and emptying the trash in what looked like dorm rooms. As I was cleaning, I decided to take the trash outside. When I took the trash out, I ran into some people I know. Some of them decided to come inside to use the restroom.
We entered the building and there was a man behind a counter with a shelf full of stuff and a checklist. He told us to claim everything that came out of our rooms. His checklist told him what belonged where and as we claimed our items, he would check off his list and hand them to us.
We were being given things that had been stolen from us.
But here’s what’s crazy…we didn’t even know our stuff had been stolen!
We were all just going about our normal day without a care in the world.
I believe the same exact thing is happening to many of us in real life. We don’t even know what we have lost. And if we don’t know what we’ve lost, that probably also means we don’t even realize what we have that we still could loose if we don’t choose to get into the battle.
We don’t fight because we don’t see what needs to be fought for. We don’t see what needs to be protected or defended. We don’t see what needs to be claimed!
Our marriages are worth fighting for
Our children are worth fighting for
Our peace of mind is worth fighting for
Our trust in God is worth fighting for
Our abundant life is worth fighting for
Our joy is worth fighting for
Our promises are worth fighting for
Our freedom is worth fighting for
Our visions and dreams are worth fighting for
Our spheres of influence are worth fighting for
Our purpose is worth fighting for
Our friends are worth fighting for
Our health is worth fighting for
Our sanity is worth fighting for
Our relationship with God is worth fighting for
Our faith is worth fighting for
Our neighbors are worth fighting for
Our cities are worth fighting for
I could literally do this ALL day.
The point is this: Yes, the battle begins on our knees, but the will to even go into battle begins when we see clearly all that we have to fight for.
There are a couple weeks before War Room opens in theaters. I’m praying that between now and then, God will awaken the hearts of those who will see the movie. That He will open their eyes to see that this battle is worth fighting. I’m praying that the church and body of believers would be stirred into action and that our nation, and our world, will see remarkable shifts and revivals because we have decided to actually fight this time.
The weak, wackness stops here. Our God is too powerful and too passionate for us to walk around pitiful, apathetic, and unconcerned.
So I want to challenge you to do 3 things:
- Think – Before you go see the movie, make a list of all the things you see in your life that are worth fighting for. Ask the Lord to help you see more if your list is shorter than 10 things. Go see the movie with this list fresh on your mind.
- Pray – Before you head into the movie, ask the Lord to speak to you in a real and direct way. Ask Him to open your heart and mind to receive everything He wants to say to you. Give Him permission to search your heart and life.
- Act – After the movie, take action. Pick an action step to start that day, whether it be creating a prayer board or prayer room or starting a prayer journal or finding scriptures to pray. DO something that day to act on whatever the Lord shows you and inspires you to do.
I can’t wait to see what God does in His church through our obedience. It has to be beautiful.
There are two ways I’d love for you to share:
- I want to hear your thoughts on this post. Are there any things that you know you stopped fighting for? What are you choosing to place the proper value on again starting today?
- Let some friends know, I really believe this is a timely and crucial message for all of us. God spoke loud and clear to me personally on this one, so be a friend and pass this along to someone else. It could change the course of their life and the lives of others around them.
See & Listen
Here’s a song I’d like you to hear. Maybe you can listen to it as you get started on your list!
I’ve also included the War Room Movie Trailer for those who may not have seen it yet. Opening weekend, get there! You don’t want to miss out on this one. Trust me.
And just for kicks, I’ve also included a few pics from the War Room Movie premiere in Dallas…mainly because I wore a bold color on my lips for the first time ever. It was fun! Oh man, I’m sounding like a girly girl here. I’m done.