Scripture Read: 2 Kings 5; 6:1 - 23
Title: Elisha Prays to Open the Eyes of the People
(H) Highlight verse: "The 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.'" 2 Kings 6:17
(E) Explain: the King of Syria announcing that is going to ambush the Israelites at an undisclosed (to us at least) place. Somehow Elisha hears this plan and he warns the King of Israel to not pass through this undisclosed place because the Syrians were waiting to ambush them and the king listened to his warning. When the king hears this, he wants Elisha seized and sent back to him. When he finds that Elisha is in Dotham, the king assembles a massive army at night to surround his camp so they may seize him. In the morning Elisha’s attendant awakes and sees the army surrounding the city… afraid he runs to Elisha and asks what should we do?
Unconcerned Elisha responds, “do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Elisha sees that there is a supernatural army surrounding the Syrian army and he is not worried because God is on their side. The problem was the others did not see this supernatural army, they only saw the Syrians before them.
Elisha prays a twofold prayer…
(A) Application: here are three observations from this passage and apply to our lives
(R) Respond: God is present, He is at work, and He wants me to communicate with Him so that my fears may subside and I can walk in this life in assurance, faith and without fear.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
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