If my people who are called by my name should humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land… 2 Chronicles 7:14
Dr. Destiny Nduka caught my attention the very first day I stepped into Gospel Pillars Church, Abuja. My wife had told me about him as an aside in a discussion we had weeks back. So, that fateful Sunday morning, she pointed at a man standing not too distant from the entrance to the church and said, “That is the Dr. Nduka I told you about.”
He was among the first line of ushers in the church, greeting members and new comers as they stepped into the premises. By all description and from his carriage, he signposted a child of God not just in a hurry to grow but eager to see others enter the kingdom of God. His welcoming smile, the gentleness of his mannerisms and fellowship with all underscore his personality as one brother I should be close to.
Ever since, Dr. Nduka, by the way – an academic and husband of a medical doctor – has neither disappointed me nor has he made any nonsense of my estimation of his total persona.
He proved the foregoing recently when after a heart-to-heart discussion he told me he had a film in DVD that he would give me to watch. His words: “I recommend that the entire family watch the film; and after watching it you and your family will only be seeing increases in all your endeavours.”
He made good his promise last Sunday when he gave me the DVD. Alongside my wife, we have watched the film three times over and still longing to watch it. Welcome to War Room, a complete work produced, directed and screenplayed by the Kendrick brothers; Alex and Stephen and initially released in the USA last August 28, but has already made a box office hit of $72.8million.
It is about a family almost destroyed by the devil, having stolen the joy and happiness that marriage brings and already killing the love – that special string that should bind them together. With great jobs, a beautiful daughter and a dream house, the family of Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seem to have it all. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as the husband flirts with temptation (obviously unaware of this destructive strategy of the devil) and wife, Elizabeth, who also was being led by the devil to becoming increasingly bitter, crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. Of course, Tony was to lose his high flying top playing job.
The War Room
But that was not the end for the Jordans, as their lives take an unexpected turn for the better when Elizabeth meets her newest client, Miss Clara, an elderly Christian widow.
Elizabeth, a realtor or what the Nigerian would call an Estate Agent, goes to work with the elderly Miss Clara to sell her house. Clara senses the stress Elizabeth is under, and suggests that Elizabeth fights for their marriage by praying for Tony. Clara shows Elizabeth a special closet she has dedicated to praying, and calls it her “War Room” because as she puts it, “In order to stand up and fight the enemy, you need to get on your knees and pray.” As Elizabeth starts to seriously pray for her husband, Tony is away on a business trip but is having dinner with a beautiful woman who invites him back to her apartment. Just as he is about to leave with her, he becomes nauseous and runs to the bathroom to throw up.
Shortly afterward, Tony is fired for inflating his sales figures. Realizing he has hit rock bottom, he rededicates his life to God. Unknown to Elizabeth and Danielle, he has been keeping several samples for himself. He now realises that he has to return them, even though it could potentially send him to prison. Tony’s former boss is moved by his willingness to admit his wrongdoing and make amends, and decides not to press charges. Tony begins to show an interest in his daughter’s jump roping skills and offers to participate with her and her friends in the upcoming double Dutch competition at the local community centre. Tony’s team takes second place in the competition, creating a new bond between him and his daughter. Elizabeth successfully sells Miss Clara’s house to a retired pastor who feels an unusual but recognizable force of energy in the closet and realises someone has been praying in the closet. Shortly afterwards, Tony is offered a job as the director of the community centre. Although the pay isn’t nearly what he was making as a pharmaceutical salesman, he realises that with the income from this new job, combined with Elizabeth picking up extra work, the family can make a budget and survive.
Where is our War Room?
Against the backdrop of the vicissitudes of Nigeria’s economy, politics and very dicey future, I am tempted to ask the above question. I repeat: just where is our War Room as a people and nation?
With the preponderance of religious activities in almost every street corner in the land, coupled with the fact of the religiousity of government – be it Christianity or Islam -alongside the unbelieving ones in betwixt who have always had cause to cry out for help from Heaven above, the movie War Room is an eye opener to the fact that every man, woman and family needs a War Room in their home… that closet where you can have a sweet holy communion with God while seeking for His intervention in your circumstances and situations. The War Room as applied is that secret meeting place between man and his creator where you lay it all bare to Him by prayer, reading the scriptures, crying, moaning, praising, singing and/or just in quietude.
Yes; call it your family altar… no problem; but methinks that the War Room gives more practicality to the very essence of the closet.
Though I am not cut for criticisms in matters of this nature, I must state that as a nation, Nigeria needs to do better than the formal prayers we say at the beginning and end of public events; we need to go beyond efforts of government to hire prayer warriors for some intervention purposes. Indeed, we need to jettison the idea of glamorising supposedly spiritual gatherings designed to intercede for the nation and its people, like Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Ambassador Jerry Gana’s NIGERIA PRAYS, for more serious business if desired results must be gotten. I am not unaware of the tendency for politics to be introduced into any matter in this country. But I am convinced that if we can live politics to politicians, prayerful events like NIGERIA PRAYS would go a long way at achieving results for the country.
But then at the personal level, and because the race for Heaven is an individual one, I must stress again that you can always give the devil a kick in its butt each time it manifests its retrogressive tendencies in your life, your family, job, business, your husband’s life, your wife’s life, that of your children and even your spiritual growth.
The devil has lost before; it will always lose. Get into your War Room and talk to God. What the nation and the church worldwide need now are prayer warriors. The dispensation of cold warriors is gone!
Always remember his promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by my name should humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Many thanks, Dr. Nduka, for the DVD; and many thanks to my dear wife, my Miracle for being on the same page with me on this very important spiritually uplifting time. May we all successfully prosecute this war against the devil in Jesus’ name.