Today you should read: 2 Kings 6:8-33
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
7 thoughts on “March 31, 2018”
Life is so often really ugly. I know God is with us and that our times are in His hands but such cruel things happen. I’m struggling today because my mother is dying. Every day for the past week hospice has said that she won’t be with us much longer. But each new day arrives and she is still here. Her dying is not gentle. She is struggling. They are giving her medication to keep her comfortable but her mental pain shows on her face. She’s just climbing this mountain and cannot get over. She’s so tired. I know God’s mercy is new every morning, but I plead all night for His mercy to reign down on her so she can have her final rest in Him. It’s real misery. There are no friends to support us. We keep petitioning the Lord. The battles of this life rend our hearts. God is still God. Trials seem to last longer than my faith. But I know in the end, my mother will wake up in perfection. And see His face. She will be so ready to leave this world. She will overcome! It just can’t come soon enough.
Well, thankfully, my sweet mom passed away. When you live so long and your body wears out, there is nothing you want more than to be with your Father in Heaven. Everything is being made new!
How can centerpoint better support you during this time Kaitlyn?
Thank you for asking. We’re relatively new there and don’t know many people. It’s Easter weekend. There’s so much going on.
It’s hard right now, but losing a family member colors our perceptions of the world.
Please pray for our kids. We have some that aren’t serving the Lord and others that don’t have contact with us. We’re hoping that this time will give them a chance to reflect on eternity.
Thank you. We seem to have difficult times in the middle of holidays. Here we are and it’s Easter weekend. There’s so much going on.
Please pray for our kids. There are some that are not serving the Lord. Others are not in contact with us. They were all close with their grandma. We’re hoping God will use her passing as a time for them to reflect on eternity.
Oops. Didn’t mean to respond twice. Thought I lost that first response.
We are certainly praying for you and your family!