The Power of the Culture-Changing, Battle-Closet Prayer Warrior
Don't Just Simply Change the Channel – Radically Change the Culture!
Copyright © 2011 by Anne Marie (Moody) Cisz
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:6 KJV) go... out to [your] battle positions, shouting the war cry. (1 Samuel 17:20 NIV)
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. (Matthew 11:12 KJV)
Preface: I understand that not everyone is called to pray for filmmakers. I also understand that not everyone is called to pray for filmmakers as intensely as described in this book. Finally, I understand that not everyone is called to pray for anyone as intensely as described in this book. Well, GOOD NEWS – this book is NOT just for those who are in the preceding categories! This book is for:
ANYONE and EVERYONE who has ever watched a show on television or watched a movie, either on television or in the movie theater, and has come away wondering how could we have strayed so far from morality
ANYONE and EVERYONE who has ever wondered what can be done to fight this battle for the tv air waves and movie reels
ANYONE and EVERYONE who likes watching television and movies and wants to support actors and filmmakers
ANYONE and EVERYONE who desires to make a “difference” in this world
ANYONE and EVERYONE who has a relationship with Jesus, and understands the importance of fulfilling the Great Commission
ANYONE and EVERYONE who likes to pray
THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU! Yes, YOU!
Additionally, as a BONUS, the “easy-to-understand-and-follow, practical applications” laid out in this book can very easily “cross over” into other areas of prayer. Maybe you are not called to pray for “filmmakers,” but rather actors. Or taking it another step outside the box, maybe you are called to pray for pastors. Going further outside the box, maybe the principles laid out in this book will even help you to pray for your husband, wife, children, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, co-worker, neighbor, teacher, student, mechanic, mail carrier, doctor... (The list is ENDLESS!)
Use what is offered here and apply it toward your life, your circumstances, your sphere of influence...(The possibilities are ENDLESS!)
I also would like to clarify something. My Filmmaker Prayer Assignment is a man, and I am a woman. In this book, strictly for simplicity's sake, I will “suppose” that the filmmaker is a man and the intercessor is a woman. That is NOT to say that ALL filmmakers are men and ALL intercessors are women! I would NEVER categorize men and women so stereo-typically; however, I have been in intercessory prayer circles for over a decade, and I, truthfully, must admit, that most of the people I have prayed with, over the last decade, have been women. Furthermore, I am currently friends, on Facebook, with “well-established” and “well-known” filmmakers, all of which are men.
This is NOT to say that I do not know of any women who are interested in filmmaking - (I do.) or male intercessors who are as intense as I describe in this book - (I do.). I applaud each filmmaker who dares to make a difference, whether male or female! Additionally, I simply cannot end this chapter without sharing my deep, deep love and admiration for the one deeply intense, male intercessor in my circle of prayer that I, when I am well enough, have prayed with on a regular basis for several years. He is the only “male version” of an “Battle Intercessor” that I pray with regularly. He frequently says, “It's an AMAZING thing!” Well, his prayers are “AMAZING things” to me! I have learned a LOT from him, and I am deeply grateful for his extremely valuable place in my life!
Having said all that, both about filmmakers and about intercessors, again, strictly for simplicity's sake, in this book, I will refer to “filmmakers” as “male,” and “Culture-Changing, Battle-Closet Warriors” as “female.”
Additionally, please don't let it throw you that I am writing from my own, personal perspective. I know parts of this book are intense. I am an extremely passionate person, and when I physically feel strong enough to pray with intensity, I pray with such intense passion that knits my heart together with the heart of the person I am praying for. Therefore, very early in the prayer relationship with my filmmaker assignment, I developed a strong “kinship” with him, and we became like “family” to each other. However, YOUR experience may NOT look like MINE. Therefore, adapt the information and suggestions provided in this book for yourself as you need to. This is intended to be a “guide,” not step by step pattern or formula. God is the One Who orders our steps, and HE has ordained for YOUR journey to be the BEST it can be for YOU and YOUR filmmaker! It is ONLY when we walk in HIS steps for our lives that we find that we are actually SOARING to heights we never even imagined!
Lastly, I am intentionally trying to keep this book short. If you have an interest in reading this book, then you likely do NOT have time to read this book. Therefore, I have intentionally tried to keep the principles and the prayers in this book short – really short – really, really short. If you are reading this book, it probably means that you should be praying, so I'll let you get to it...shortly! (wink!)
May the words in this book, come alive and touch your heart in ways that only God can perform, and may YOU experience the “Power of the Culture-Changing, Battle-Closet Warrior” as we all participate, in our own unique, God-given ways, to make this world a better and brighter place for all of us to enjoy!