Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”
Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw that the mountain was full of horses and fiery chariots surrounding Elisha.
2 Kings 6:17
Prophets are people so in touch with God and so dedicated to God’s plan, that God can use them in ways beyond the ordinary. On Mondays we’ve been reading about the special friend of God, Daniel; now for a few Tuesdays, we read about the deeds of Elisha. Because of Elisha’s absolute dedication to the things of God, God works miracles through him on behalf of Israel when God’s people are attacked by wicked enemies. With miracle military strategy, Elisha is able to have a whole enemy turn away, by God’s deceiving the foreign king’s eyes. Once again, like the Gospel for last Sunday, the King of Aram’s sense of sight is used for wrongdoing, so God makes his eyes not worth anything. Then his common sense is confused when Elisha says that the king is attacking the wrong city!
The same God who came to the defense of Daniel and Elisha is ready to come to your defense in ways beyond human effort. When you are up against some bullies or any other situation that is just not fair, start praying and listen closely to what God is already doing for your defense.
Are there any fears that you have about anything that you can take to the Lord in prayer?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
My inner eyes opening 6:17
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the fourth of thirteen Weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
Autumn in the north. Year B.
Tuesdays are dedicated to Hebrew History and “The Writings.”
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…