But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God. Daniel 6:10 (NLT)
The movie, War Room, has become a box office hit at the theaters! People from all walks of life are rediscovering the power of prayer. Daniel had such a war room in his house. He was a remarkable man of God. The Bible says that Daniel and his three Hebrew friends were given an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom from God. In fact, they were ten times more capable than any of the other advisers to the King in all matters requiring wisdom and balanced judgment. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.
Daniel and his friends had been deported from Israel to a foreign land to serve a foreign King that had invaded Jerusalem. Although the King changed their names, educated them in Babylonian culture and language, Daniel and his friends resolved early in their lives to worship God alone, regardless of the consequences. Daniel’s name means “God is my judge” but the King changed his name to Belteshazzar meaning “Bel protects his life!” Bel, also called Marduk, was the chief Babylonian god. To maintain his convictions to worship God alone, Daniel established a war room of prayer in his home where he knelt down in an upstairs room with its windows open toward Jerusalem, and he prayed three times a day. This became a spiritual habit of Daniel’s, under the reign of the Babylonian and Persian Kings he served while in exile from his own land.
When the Persians conquered Babylon, the Persian King chose Daniel – although in his 80’s by now – along with two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interest in his new territory. The Bible says,
Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. Daniel 6:3 (NLT)
This decision made the other officials jealous of Daniel, and they searched for a way to discredit him but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. Daniel’s character and leadership were beyond reproach! So, the officials conspired together to use Daniel’s faith against him in the eyes of the king. They said,
Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion. Daniel 6:7 (NLT)
Knowing that the law of the Medes and the Persians was irreversible even by a king, they appealed to the king’s pride and wrote a law that anyone who prayed to anyone other than the king himself would be thrown into a den of lions. What would Daniel do? How would he respond? Verse 10 tells us…
But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.
Daniel stood alone. What enabled him to be so strong, so wise, yet so humble? It was the war room of prayer that he had established long ago. He remained faithful in prayer and unashamed of his faith despite its political incorrectness. He knew that his battle was not with flesh and blood but with spiritual forces in high places. Prayer enabled Daniel to keep his focus on the King of Kings and to live with calm resolve.
Do you have a war room of prayer? How often is prayer an intentional part of your schedule? Maybe it’s time to set up your war room today.