Have you ever been so afraid of something it kept you from engaging in life? It kept you from travel plans, going out with friends or being involved in relationships. I’ve been there, allowing my fears to linger and build to the point of isolation. Fear can be so crippling, not allowing us to live life, keeping us from God’s abundant plans.
Faith and fear cannot reside in the same heart. Fear alters our vision making it difficult to see God’s plan for us. God never intended for us to live in fear, but to live in the abundance of everything He has to offer. Today I pray our eyes are opened to see a clearer vision for our lives, the way God sees us.
In 2 Kings 6, there was an ongoing war with the Arameans and Israel. The king of Aram became infuriated when he learned Elisha the prophet warned the king of Israel of the plan to set his army’s camp by the border of Israel. Once King Aram’s officials told him where Elisha was, he made plans to capture him. He sent horses, chariots, and a strong force to surround the city of Dothan ( 2 Kings 6:8-13).
The next morning Elisha’s servant saw the army of horses and chariots surrounding them. The servant asked, “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” (2 Kings 6:15).
I love this next part. Elisha’s response wasn’t to engage in his servant’s fears but to give him encouragement and invite him in to see what he saw.Elisha tells his servant, 'Don't be afraid, those who are with us are more than those who are with them' (2 Kings 6:16). Click To Tweet
Wow, I can’t imagine Elisha’s bold confidence. His eyes saw the same thing his servant did, yet he did not waver. His response could have only come from God Himself. Even though Elisha saw the danger with his physical eyes, he stood firm in God’s divine power of what He is able to do.
Elisha then turned to God in prayer and said, “O LORD, open his eyes so 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 (2 Kings 6:17).
Elisha’s prayer amazes me. He didn’t ask God to help save them from the attacking enemy armies, instead asked God to open the eyes of his servant so he could see what Elisha saw.
I would surely think the next thing Elisha would ask God for was protection against the attacking enemy army. Instead, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike these people with blindness.” God heard Elisha’s prayer and struck them with blindness, as Elisha asked (2 Kings 6:18).
The servant witnessed firsthand the power of Elisha’s prayer for vision. His eyes were opened to see what God and Elisha saw. Elisha’s prayer took the focus off of the enemy/fear and prayed a prayer for vision to see God’s divine power more clearly. We may not always see God’s bigger plan, but He is always at work behind the scenes.
Our own physical vision can limit us to focus on the circumstances that surround us, but God’s vision can free us to focus on His abilities, putting our trust in Him. We can follow Elisha’s pattern of prayer when we feel our fears caving in.
Elisha’s Vision of Prayer:
- He recognized the enemy’s plan to instill fear. Instead of being a victim of fear, He put his hope and trust in God’s abilities of what He was able to do.
- He turned to God in prayer. Instead of worrying, He sought God and prayed.
- He stood firm in God’s promises, his faith did not waver.
Satan will always try to keep us from God’s plans by instilling fear in us. Fear will always blind us to God’s presence. We must recognize the tactics of the enemy, stand firm in God’s promises, seek God in prayer and trust in Him. The closer we are to God, the more clearly we can see His vision for us and hear His voice.
Are you struggling to see past your circumstances?
Write your own prayer for vision. Ask God to see what He sees.
Prayer- Lord Jesus, open our eyes so we can see what you see. We pray our vision will not blind us to your presence of voice, that we will see and hear what you want us to. We pray we will stand firm in your promises and trust in your divine power. You are greater. We pray your desires will be greater than our desires. You are our God who loves us more than anything. We praise you and thank you for your eternal gifts.
I pray for God’s vision in your life to see more clearly what God sees. You are loved!
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