Family Ministries Blog

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida provides this forum as an exploration of family life with an emphasis on parenting, children, and teens. We hope that you will join our conversation and visit our children & youth ministries.

Power of Prayer

I attended the movie War Room on Sunday afternoon when it was advertised as a church outing, and it was great to have 20+ people from our church throughout the theater. I have to admit that I was a little skeptical going in because I was worried about predictable storylines and dialogue, and even though there was a measure of that in the movie, the power of what the writers wanted to teach the audience about prayer was significant. I ended up coming away with a renewed sense of vigor for being faithful to family, friends, my church, and the world-at-large through prayer. The storyline did well to teach us that we shouldn't get caught up in trying to fix each other or the ills of this world without first and foremost going to God in secret with our heartfelt concerns and desires. One of the main characters was worn out from trying to fight psychological battles with a loved one and she learned that she need not do that anymore, but turn those battles over to God. When she did so, it created room in her heart to pray for love toward that person instead of reliving the battles over and over again. It was a fresh reminder of Jesus' command to "love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34 ).

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