Do you have a prayer journal, day planner, or traveler’s notebook? If you’re a bit of a paper enthusiast like me, you probably have an insane collection of stationery, sticky notes, washi tape and scrapbooking paper at the ready. When I found out that I could combine my love for journaling and decorating a planner with my faith…I was hooked!
Enter The War Binder!
A war binder is a very clever version of a “war room” as depicted in the movie of the same name. The movie, War Room, “explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives.” The film’s main characters created a battle plan of prayer for their families. Their tenacity in prayer really fueled a movement in the faith community to create war rooms in spare closets, corners, and empty walls full of prayer requests and God’s answers.
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Think of it like this. The dictionary defines a war room as a room at a military headquarters where maps showing the current status of troops in battle are maintained. Check out this cool picture of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado.
Can you imagine what our prayer’s activate in the realm of the spirit? While we call out our loved ones and special requests in prayer, battle plans are being formulated, angels are being dispatched, the enemy’s territory is being taken, and death is thwarted!
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 English Standard Version (ESV)
I personally don’t have the space to recreate NORAD in my garage. I don’t even have a spare closet to have war room! (5 kids, 1 dog, 2 adults…Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen.) But I’ve got plenty of notebooks, binders, and paper to have my battle plans at my fingertips, and so can you!
To get started, I went to Target. How going to Target became something to actually do is a whole other post…but I digress. Warning! Do not get distracted by the new home decor display. Instead, make a beeline straight to the Target Dollar Spot and squeal with delight as you grab every sticker, pen, mini-binder and the cute matching inserts! Actual squealing is discouraged in public…inner voice squealing, however, is totally appropriate!
After you go over-budget, just make sure you’ve got this in your magic red shopping cart:
- Mini-binder (If you don’t like binders…head over to Michael’s and grab a planner or traveler’s notebook)
- Dividers & pockets (they come in a set)
- Paper to fit your binder or planner
Now, to the good part! I was able to tape a flip-through of my war binder HERE. You’ll get to see how I set it up, plus hear how excited I am about actually using it!
Have you jumped on the war binder train? What has worked for you in your quiet time? Are you keeping track of prayer requests and the scriptures God speaks to you? Let us know in the comments below.
For me, this is a cool way to enhance my private time with the Lord on a daily basis.
I pray this encourages you to find unique ways to remain faithful in prayer!
Thank you for every individual reading this post on prayer! I pray that we would be encouraged to spend time with you in gratitude, make our requests known, and wait with expectancy for your to blow our minds with your power! We marvel at your goodness. We’re encouraged by the creativity you unleash in us for the kingdom. May we become more like you as we spend time at your feet. In Jesus’ name.