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5 Reasons to Watch War Room with the Family

Monday, April 3, 2017
Back when War Room first came out, I had mixed feelings about the premise. This sounds like another cheesy romance drama in which the couple learns the power of faith to overcome any trial in an unbelievably short amount of time.

In many ways, this is another cheesy romance drama because that's exactly what happens. It's the elements added to the mix of drama that makes this movie worth watching.

Following are five reasons to watch War Room with the family.

Family Friendly
As more of my close friends get married, I begin to think more about what I would be okay watching with a younger audience. Unlike many secular romance films, the focus of War Room is not on the romantic drama or the specific individuals involved. It's clear that there is a higher power at work here.

The film also doesn't contain inappropriate content for children. (See the content rating below for more details.)

Miss Clara
Whenever Miss Clara appeared on the screen, my family and I knew we were in for some laughs. She is a little woman with a fierce spirit and strong faith. I love her faith for the Lord. Her war room and tips on starting a prayer life inspired me to start a prayer journal.

I can easily see Miss Clara becoming a family favorite. She's certainly my favorite character!

Character Development
Though War Room initially portrays a dysfunctional family, it's clear from the beginning that this isn't a good situation and that something needs to change (and will change). Both Elizabeth and Tony have their own issues to work out individually before their relationship can change; it's powerful to see the transformation that faith works in their lives and subsequently their relationship. The scenes with their daughter at the end are especially heartwarming.

Good Morals
War Room portrays good morals that I would want to instill in a younger audience. Some of these values include the importance of respecting your partner, being there for your family, having a good work ethic, and meeting with a mentor figure for guidance.

Demonstrates the Power of Prayer
Lastly, War Room demonstrates the power of prayer. While some of the scenes may seem out there (such as the one where Miss Clara commands the thief to lay down his weapon in Jesus's name), one consistent theme in the movie is the significance of having a strong prayer life.

Along with this theme comes the truth that we cannot do anything on our own. We cannot create a change in someone else's life on our own. In the end, our peace comes from God, and our requests need to be made known to God. I saw somewhere that the times we think we don't have enough time to pray are the times we most need to pray, and this idea is supported in War Room.


War Room is an inspiring, heartwarming film that that will encourage believers to strengthen their prayer life and to reconsider their relationships with loved ones in light of Scripture. This is a film that I want to share with loved ones because of all the reasons listed above and because I don't want them to miss out on the message of the power of prayer and faith to work a radical transformation in our lives.


With great jobs, a beautiful daughter and a dream house, the Jordans seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as husband Tony flirts with temptation and wife Elizabeth becomes increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, who encourages the couple to find happiness through prayer.


What does your war room (prayer life) look like? Or, what changes would you like to make?

Publication Info
  • Directed by Alex Kendrick
  • Produced by Affirm Films
  • Genres: ChristianDrama
  • Run time: 120 min.
  • Released 2015
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