With the deteriorating relations between Syria and Israel leading up to this passage, the King of Syria had gotten very irritated at this point because nothing is working out the way he would like. And his servants inform him that the prophet Elisha is telling the king of Israel the things that are said in the privacy of his own room. With this information the Syrian king decides the only option is to get Elisha.
He learns that Elisha is in Dothan which is about 10 miles north of Samaria. So he sends horses and chariots and a great army to obtain one man. They must have truly believed that there was a greater power at work (keep in mind Elisha had been used by God to perform many miracles up to this point).
But here is the best part. When they realize that they are surrounded by this great army, Elisha is totally calm. Everyone else is kind of freaking out though. So Elisha prays that the Lord would open the eyes of his servant. When the Lord does this the servant sees that the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire! Take just a moment to close your eyes and picture this. Then Elisha prays for the enemy to be struck blind and the Lord delivers. There are two things that are really highlighted here.
- Even when we are unaware the Lord is there and ready to fight on our behalf. We often get so caught up with ourselves and our fears, and our doubts that we forget and we do not see that God is at the ready, and the battle is already won. If we would just see that we could have the same confidence as Elisha.
- There is immense power in prayers of faith! We see multiple moments of Elisha praying and seeing those prayers answered. We so often forget that God is powerful enough to do anything, and we lack the faith and trust that He will answer prayers.
So the questions I would ask today are, what areas are your crippled by fear and doubt because you aren’t seeing how God is at work? And what does your prayer life really look like?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate