Today at church, our minister encouraged us to turn Facebook into Gracebook by sharing words of praise and thanks to push back against the anxiety, fear, and negativity that pops up in newsfeeds, especially with the election. I thought, “Well, this is something I could do.” As the sermon drew to a close, we all watched a clip from the movie “War Room.” It was the part where Miss Clara prays. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the movie, but Miss Clara begins by saying “You’ve done it again!” In that moment, she was acknowledging God for the ways that a wife was able to put aside finger pointing and begin praying in earnest for her husband and how the troubled marriage was saved.
She goes from a simple prayer of thanks for one marriage to a huge prayer for Christian revival. As I was watching the movie clip today in church, I thought it would be fun to journal my way through this prayer during the month of November. Here’s the prayer in its entirety. Don’t images and verses readily pop to mind?
You’ve done it again, Lord. You’ve done it again.
You are good, and You are mighty, and You are merciful! And You keep taking care of me when I don’t deserve it.
Praise You, Jesus! You are Lord….
Raise up more that will call upon Your name.
Raise up those that love You, and seek You, and trust You.
Raise ‘em up, Lord!
Raise ’em up!
Lord, we need a generation of believers who are not ashamed of the gospel!
We need an army of believers, Lord, that hate to be lukewarm, and will stand on Your Word above all else!
Raise ’em up, Lord!
Raise ’em up!
I pray for unity among those that love You.
I pray that You open their eyes so that they can see Your truth, Lord.
I pray for Your hand of protection and guidance.
Raise up a generation, Lord, that will take light into this world; that will not compromise when under pressure; that will not cower, Lord, when others fall away!
Raise ’em up, Lord, that they will proclaim that there is salvation in the name of Jesus Christ!
Raise up warriors, Lord, who will fight on their knees, who will worship you with their whole hearts, Lord!
Lord, call us to battle, that we may proclaim King of Kings, and Lord of Lords!
I pray these things with all my heart.
Raise ’em up, Lord!
Raise ’em up!
I decided to begin with the first line: “You’ve done it again, Lord. You’ve done it again.”
When we begin to pray for something really big, it helps us to remember all that God has done. Doing so gives us courage to pray for bigger things. Throughout Scripture there are passages that begin, “Remember how much God has done.” This was the first such passage I stumbled upon…
As I worked on this page, I thought about the movie “War Room” and praised God for how he has blessed my marriage and also the marriage of my parents and my husband’s parents.
I try not to talk too much about politics on my blog or controversial topics, but after watching just part of the second presidential debate, I went to my prayer closet and prayed over the marriages in this country.
I felt so demoralized when marital infidelities for both candidates became the focus of the discussion. I just don’t want that to ever seem normal. Faithful marriages have blessed my life, and I want that good for all married couples and for children, too. It seems basic.
Before moving on to the rest of Miss Clara’s big prayer, I want to pause and offer a random prayer for marriage:
I give thanks for the blessings of married life and pray for all married couples. May couples know the joy of being in love with each other and live with an awareness of the promises made on the day of their weddings. God, I ask you to inspire couples to make their marriage a priority so that their love for each other can be a sign of your love in the world. Pour out your grace on married couples that they may experience forgiveness and healing as needed. Help couples to accept each other’s weaknesses and work through differences. I pray that you will guide fathers and mothers as they raise up children. Thank you for all the ways husbands and wives complement and support each other. Help us all renew our appreciation for the precious gift of marriage. Amen
The movie “War Room” focused so much on one marriage and then concluded with a prayer for society as a whole and yet there’s something right about that. Marriages form the most basic building blocks of society and it’s important to support and encourage couples in their journey together. It feels like now, more than ever, marriages need our prayers.
Update: Here’s how I journaled this whole prayer…http://journalingthebible.com/2016/11/30/our-father/