6 But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you (Matthew 6:6, New American Standard Bible).
War Room. Of What does it remind you? Does it remind you of the room where all the strategy of war is planned and executed in a natural world? But that’s not what I have in mind. Rather, I am talking about the room where all the strategy of warfare is established and executed in a spiritual world.
It would be very naïve of us to think that the natural world we see and touch is all there is to it. There’s another world invisible and intangible. We call it the spiritual world.
There’s warfare in this spiritual world, God’s Word declares: between God’s kingdom and that of the Devil (Ephesian 6:10-18). We the believers in Christ are called to advance God’s kingdom on earth. Of course, there’s the enemy’s resistance. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood. Rather, our struggle is “against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). And, we do not fight our battles with guns or tanks. We fight with prayers and with the Word of God—the two most effective weapons.
Incidentally, I recently watched with my family a movie entitled “War Room.” Before I watched the whole thing, the title reminded me of some sort of modern day military conflict between countries. No, it was nothing like that. Rather, it was about the spiritual warfare we are in day in and day out. The movie was about a married couple who go through temptations and challenges in their lives like anybody else, and how they overcome their challenges through prayers. By fighting the battle in their “War Room”—that is, the prayer closet. It is an excellent movie; I recommend all to watch (Stafford township library has at least a couple of copies).
As we start the second half of the year 2016 (the Year of Prayer), let us get into our spiritual “War Room” and fight the battle on our knees with prayers and petitions for our loved ones. Let us not deprive them of the most essential help we can ever provide them with: prayer and petitions in God’s throne room.
Perhaps, you can create your “War Room” in your house, a small closet or private place of your own, to spend time with God on behalf of your loved ones. Only those who spend time with God in secret will experience God’s mighty help and miracles.
Let’s get into our “War Room.”