The king of Syria was on a mission to intimidate Israel and the man of God. His “CIA” discovered that Elisha was at Dothan and “sent…horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city” (2 Kings 6:14). This sounds like Elisha is going to be a dead prophet.
The next morning when Elisha’s servant “went out, and behold, an army with horses and chariots were all around the city” (6:15), he became very concerned about their immediate safety and said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” Then Elisha said, “Do not be afraid” (6:16). The prophet was not in the least bit disturbed, but did not leave the situation without going to the Lord in prayer. Notice how he prayed.
“Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (6:17).
There are so many times in conversations with people who are facing very difficult circumstances that I wish they could see the resources they have in Christ. This takes spiritual vision. It is my prayer over and over that God would “have the eyes of their hearts enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18) by His truth. God must do that in them, but we who see the truth must pray and not doubt.
Again, Elisha prayed and the Lord struck the Syrians with blindness (2 Kings 6:18). Without a close relationship with the Lord, we will not see circumstances clearly and we will not know how to pray.
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