“Prayer is a powerful weapon,” reads the tagline for the newest Kendrick Brothers film, War Room (which was a surprise at the American box office as the no.1 new movie and no.2 overall in its opening week). This is the fifth movie made by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, following Flywheel (2003), Facing the Giants (2006), Fireproof (2008), and Courageous (2011). In a behind the scenes video, The Heart of War Room, Alex Kendrick says that “most of us have something of a financial strategy, an education strategy for our children, maybe even a health strategy,” but , “often times when it comes to prayer,” adds his brother Stephen, “it’s a wish to the wind.” That’s what this movie is about, a prayer strategy. As one of the characters in the movie says, “to win any battle, you’ve got to have the right strategy, and the right resources.” The key to this film, says Stephen Kendrick, is Matthew Chapter 6, “when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father…”[Matt 6; 6]

While some parts of the film will perhaps be a bit Protestant, and “gospely” for some, (ie. “Hallelujah, Praise Him!” as only African American’s can) the acting is very good, as is the story and production quality. It is in fact surprisingly good for a movie based on prayer. “Filled with heart, wit & humor, WAR ROOM follows Tony and Elizabeth Jordan, a middle-class couple who seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, the Jordan’s marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. With the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them.” – via Kendrick Brothers.com. If most of us were asked whether our prayer life was hot or cold, most of us would probably say, its not hot, but its not cold either; probably somewhere in the middle. This film challenges us to be more than just lukewarm, and learn to fight our battles in prayer first.  Fans of the Kendrick’s previous films will surely enjoy War Room, and if you haven’t seen any of their movies I recommend you do (perhaps in the order they were made, but at least Fireproof and Courageous).

War Room is now in cinemas, check it out; warroomthemovie.com

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