War room prayers can be a powerful source of hope and strength in the life of every believer in Christ. Now more than ever, we can pray to our Father in Heaven to heal the hurt and pain that is all around us.
Have you ever cried out to God out of pure helplessness in desperation over a situation you were facing? Life can seem pretty bleak and helpless at times. It seems as though darkness surrounds us at every turn.
But we must remember that we as believers have the light of Christ living within us.
Let’s let the light of God shine brighter than any piercing the darkness.
We can do this through the power of prayer.
Jesus already defeated the enemy on the cross, but we still wage spiritual battles each day while we are on this earth.
Jesus himself said this:
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
If Jesus has overcome the world, that means we are overcomers through him!
It’s time to stand up as people of God and use the weapon of prayer to call on the name of the Lord.
In this post we will look at 9 powerful war room prayers from Scripture that we can pray each day to equip ourselves to engage in the battle that is going on around us in our world today.
What is a War Room?
Many people are familiar with the Kendrick brothers’ movie War Room that came out in 2015 starring Pricilla Shirer, T.C Stallings, and Karen Abercrombie. It is a movie filled with hope and inspiration as one woman desperately calls out to the Lord in prayer. War Room has inspired many Christians to deepen their prayer lives by creating their own “war rooms”–essentially a place in your home (usually a closet or secluded place) where you can spend undivided time with God in prayer.
What is a War Room Prayer?
War room prayers can be any type of prayer that you pray in your war room (you may even choose to create a prayer notebook or war binder to organize your prayers). Prayers of supplication, intercession, praise and thanksgiving are great prayers to pray in your war room. I personally love to create war room prayers by using Scripture to guide my prayers.
9 Powerful Prayers to Pray Each Day
1. Lord, show me your glory. (Exodus 33:18)
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
In this passage Moses was speaking to God in what was called the tent of meeting. Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp of the Israelites. It was here where God spoke to Moses, as one speaks to a friend (Exodus 33:11).
It was also in this meeting place where the presence of God was revealed to Moses in a powerful way. Moses had the boldness to pray to God and asked for him to show him his glory.
Can you imagine what it must have been like to behold the mighty glory and power of God? Because the sheer power of God’s presence is too much for any human being, God allowed Moses to see his glory pass by, but he put Moses in the cleft of a rock and covered his hand as he passed by (Exodus 33:22-23).
Moses received a glimpse of the amazing power and presence of God in a way that most people did not experience. Another time when Moses came down from Mount Sinai after God gave him the Ten Commandments, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord (Exodus 34:29).
What would happen if we were to spend time with God in powerful prayer to where our lives radiated the love and power of God to those around us?
The word glory in Hebrew in Exodus 33:18 is kabowd, which means glory, honor, glorious, abundance, dignity, splendor, riches, reputation (source). Do we have the boldness like Moses to pray to God and ask him to show us his glory? To reveal to us his omnipotent splendor, riches, honor, and powerful abundance?
Amazing things can happen when we boldly ask God to reveal his glory to us!
War Room Prayer: Lord, I ask you to show me your glory in a powerful way. I want to grow closer to you and experience your glorious splendor and majesty. Like Moses, I desire to meet with you and gain wisdom and direction from you. May the light of your love and grace shine upon me today. Amen.
2. Create in me a pure heart, O God. (Psalm 51:10)
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
There are times when we all fall short, and need God’s grace and forgiveness. David in Psalm 51 humbly asked God to create a pure heart within him. Jesus came to this earth and paid the ultimate price on the cross so that we can live purified lives before God.
When the stains of sin seem to discourage you, remember the powerful truth and promise in 1 John 1:9,
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Praise God for the forgiveness that we have through Christ! We do not have to live under condemnation for our past sins, but can walk in truth freedom and victory knowing that we are cleansed and purified of our unrighteousness, and we are clean before Christ.
War Room Prayer: Lord, thank you that through Christ, I am made clean. My sins that were once stained as scarlet are now as white as snow (Psalm 51:7). Like the psalm of David, I ask you to continue to create a pure heart within me. Grant me a steadfast heart and spirit that desires to do your will. Amen.
3. Save me, O God. (Psalm 69:1a)
Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck.I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. Psalm 69:1-2
Have you ever felt that life was so difficult that the waters and floods of your circumstances seemed to threaten to take you under? Did you ever feel like you were sinking and couldn’t find your footing?
In those moments of deep despair and pain, we can reach our hands out to God and cry out to him, and ask for him to save us. He gives us eternal salvation through Christ, and can save us from the difficult circumstances we are going through in life.
He is able to sustain us and place our feet on a solid rock!
“On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.“ (Hymn–My Hope is Built on Nothing Less)
War Room Prayer: Lord, there are times when it feels like the trials in my life engulf my soul like a flood. In those moments when I feel weak and hopeless, remind me of your steadfast love for me. You are my Rock, and whom I stand. Thank you Lord, that you have saved me. Amen.
4. Summon your power, O God; show us your strength. (Psalm 68:28)
Summon your power, God show us your strength, our God, as you have done before.
We have power through Christ to do amazing things for his kingdom. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told the disciples that they would be clothed with power from on high (Luke 24:49). That power was through the amazing work of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. As believers, we have the same Holy Spirit living within us, who can do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ever ask, seek or imagine in our lives!
War Room Prayer: Lord, what a comfort is to know that I can find my strength in you! You call forth your power and glory, and in my weakness, I am made strong in you. Clothe me with your power from on high, and equip me with everything I need to live this life for your honor and glory. Amen.
5. Teach me your way, O Lord. (Psalm 86:11)
Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11
God is the best teacher isn’t he? We can learn everything we need to live a life of godliness and faith in Him (2 Peter 1:3). His word not only leads us but can teach us how to live.
This is a prayer we can pray on a continual basis, for God’s Word to teach us his ways and not our ways.
War Room Prayer: Lord, teach me your ways. Teach me and guide me on your path of love, forgiveness, and grace. Show me how to walk according to your Word each day. Amen.
6. Teach us to number our days. (Psalm 90:12)
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
Life is short. There are so many Scriptures that attest to the fact that our time on this earth is temporal. We can make the most of our time on this earth by asking God to teach us to number our days.
Make every day count.
We can’t afford to waste a single day fuming with anger and bitterness–it’s time to take advantage of the time we have on this earth to make a powerful impact on the world for the Kingdom!
War Room Prayer: Lord, teach me to number my days. Each one is a gift from you. Instead of spending precious time and energy being consumed with worry, fear, anger, and bitterness, help me to surrender my heart to you, and to find the blessing in each day you give. Amen.
7. Open my eyes. (Psalm 119:18)
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18
Have you ever read passages from God’s Word that seemed to leap off of the page? The more we dig into his Word, the more we can discover precious jewels of wisdom and understanding.
With the turn of every page, the brilliance of these gems has the power to open our spiritual eyes to discover amazing truths. The more we spend time in the Word of God, the more riches there are to uncover!
We can pray to God on a regular basis and ask him to reveal the wonderful things that he desires to teach us through his Word.
War Room Prayer: Lord, like the psalmist wrote, open my spiritual eyes, so that I may see wonderful things in your amazing Word! Help me to grow in wisdom and understanding as I study your Scriptures. Amen.
8. Lord, help my unbelief! (Mark 9:24)
In a previous post on seven bold prayers we can pray, I mention that this is a bold prayer we can pray. In Mark 24, a man with a son possessed by a demon approached Jesus for help. Even Jesus’ disciples were not able to help this man’s son (Mark 24:18). I’m sure this father was greatly discouraged that his son continued to suffer violently year after year.
But with a last shred of hope, he took his son to Jesus--and watch what happened next.
The man humbly asked,
But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (vs 22-23)
Then the father said something that we ourselves need to regularly pray to God:
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Isn’t that how we often feel?
We believe that God can do anything, but we often doubt whether he’ll come through in our personal lives. We know he can walk on water and calm the seas, but we sometimes wonder if he will meet our immediate needs when we call on him.
We want to believe that Jesus will come to our rescue, but sometimes we think we are not worthy to receive a breakthrough from him.
In those moments of doubt, we can call out to God with a sincere heart. In Mark 24:25, Jesus drove the evil spirit from the boy, and he was healed. We serve a mighty God!
War Room Prayer: Lord, I want to believe that you can help me right now in my situation. This circumstance around me seems so bleak and hopeless, but I believe that you are God Almighty, and nothing is impossible for you. Help my unbelief today, and help me to remember that with you, all things are possible!
9. Lord, teach me to pray (Luke 11:1)
In the Gospel of Luke the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. It is here when Jesus teaches them the Lord’s prayer.
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’”
The Lord’s prayer is one of the powerful prayers of Jesus we discuss in the BOLD Prayers of Jesus Challenge. Whenever Jesus gives us direct instruction on how to pray, we definitely need to pay attention.
Are you sometimes stuck on what to pray? Let Jesus, our master teacher, be our guide as we learn to call on him in prayer. There are times when we just may not have any words to say. But when we approach God with a posture of humility, we are ready to receive from him, he will teach us what we need to say.
War Room Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise your holy name. May your Kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Today, I ask you to provide all my daily needs. Please forgive me of my sins, and forgive those who have sinned against me. Do not let me fall into temptation, but deliver me from the evil one. May you receive all the power, glory, and honor in my life–Amen!
Free War Room Scripture Cards
Here is a set of free floral printable Scripture cards that you can print off that have these nine Scriptures. Feel free to use these Scripture cards to pray with power!
Here are just a few prayers we can pray each day as we seek the Lord and call on him in prayer. God’s Word is filled with powerful examples of prayers that moved mountains, and we can call on the Lord in prayer each day and draw closer to him with each prayer!
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