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Forty Days of Prayer: Day 13

January 22, 2020

2 Kings 6:17-18

 

And Elisha prayed, "Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, "Strike this army with blindness." So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.

 

I have to agree with Kit, this story is one of my all time favorites in the Bible. It once again exhibits the beautiful intertwining of the power of God and the faith of man.

 

There is so much truth to draw from in this story, especially if you read the passage in its entirety, but I think the main point in these verses is this: WHERE IS YOUR FOCUS?

 

Elisha's servant Gehazi woke up early in the morning and walked out of his quarters to see that the city was surrounded by a vast army. Immediately, he was full of fear. Elisha, on the other hand, when looking at the situation, saw beyond this human army. His eyes had locked in on the chariots of fire that God had sent from heaven. Elisha's focus fueled his faith.

 

What about you? Where is your focus? Are your eyes set on your crisis or are they set on Christ? Are you looking at the problem or the Problem Solver? The dilemma or the Deliverer? No relationship, good or bad, no material thing, big or small, no ambition, simple or grand, no ministry, for ten or ten thousand, and no issue at hand, dreamy or dramatic, should captivate our attention more than Jesus Himself. Like Elisha who kept his focus on God and His abundant power, we too, are called to "seek His face" and to "seek Him first." When doing so, the promise is that "everything else will be added to us." (Psalm 27:8; Mathew 6:33). Let's dial in on both the enormity and the ability of our God today. As Dayna Curtis Moseley encouraged us yesterday, pray in earnest to the Almighty One, and BELIEVE HE IS ALMIGHTY. I'm learning that in the spiritual realm, believing IS seeing!

 

One more observation, I love what Elisha said to Gehazi just before he prayed that his eyes would be opened. He said to his servant, "Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them." When reading this verse, it reminded me of another promise in Scripture which says, "Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world" (1 John 4:4). We have a God who not only surrounds us with power, but He also invades us with love! He is WITH US! Believe this truth as well!

 

Soul Sisters, in the midst of your "stuff," focus on Him and cling to His word, and then watch Him do the impossible.

 

For further reading: Psalm 27:1-8; Psalm 33:13-22

 

Dear Lord,

 

Because You are the Bondage Breaker, I ask you to break every chain of addiction concerning my specific loved one. And because You are the Redeemer, I ask You to make this particular messy situation into something beautiful. And because You are the Compassionate One, I ask you hold my dear friend in her deep grief. I firmly believe You can do all these things and MORE. Thank You for honoring my prayer of faith in Your time and in Your way. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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