Orthodox Thought for the Day


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A new movie suggestion

Last night I had opportunity to view a new Christian based film at a local cinema.  It was a pleasant surprise to find it among the usual offerings of PG-13 and R movies that are so prevalent these days.  This was a worthwhile watch:  WAR ROOM.  See link to film review here:  http://christiananswers.net/spotlight/movies/2015/warroom2015.html

The story highlights the need for fervent prayers to God offered by those who love Christ and put their trust in Him.  This film depicts the Protestant view of extemporaneous, heartfelt, fervent prayer coupled by Scripture meditation and what such dedication can produce.  We Orthodox do use written prayers which are meant to be coupled with the right heart attitude as we pray them.  We still have the freedom to pray to God from the heart, without the prayer book as well.  And we have the precious Jesus Prayer, with its own dynami,  Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” 

Let me share this…I know from experience a couple decades ago that God answered many of my prayers before I became an Orthodox Christian.  This film gives a refreshing view of the power of prayer, especially in circumstances we cannot “fix” on our own.  The idea of keeping a prayer journal is a help, too.  One can then recount the history of prayers offered and how God answered those requests.  To summarize this film’s message:  go into your closet and pray with faith.   

God is great!  I really loved this film and think you might, too.  If it comes to your local cinema, you might like to check it out. 

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