I cried out to the Lord in despair and disappointment. Open my eyes to see you, Lord, even in this. And in that moment He brought to my mind a story in 2 Kings. In Chapter 6, the King of Aram sends an army to kill a prophet by the name of Elisha. When a servant of the Lord sees the army surrounding them, he responds in fear, questioning what to do.
Isn’t this how we all feel? While our battle might not be as literally as Elisha’s, it’s just as real to us. Everyday we battle the temptations and pressures of this world. We feel like we are surrounded on every side and that defeat is surely upon us.
But here is Elisha’s response. He says, “‘Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ He prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:15-17).
Elisha’s servant was no longer afraid when he saw God’s mighty heavenly army. Rather than panic, Elisha prayed. And God answered his prayer by revealing His presence, His provision, and His perspective.
God will answer our prayers in the same way. We no longer need to be afraid or discouraged. Instead, we can be strong and courageous, knowing there is a heavenly army going to battle for us too. So in the midst of the struggle we find ourselves in, we pray just as Elisha did, asking God to open our eyes to see Him in it.
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