As the Aramean army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please make them blind.” So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked.
Then Elisha led them to Samaria and prayed, “O Lord, now open their eyes and let them see.” So the Lord opened their eyes (2 Kings 6:18, 20).
Prayer brings God’s protection.
Their young son died, but she told her husband, “It will be all right.” Then she hurried after Elisha, who came and prayed for the boy. The Lord brought him back to life (from 2 Kings 4:8-37).
The woman believed. Elisha prayed. God answered.
They were thirsty and had no water, so they went to Elisha to ask the Lord what to do through him. The power of the Lord came upon Elisha and he said, “This valley will be filled with water. This is only a simple thing for the Lord.”
The next day there was water everywhere (from 2 Kings 3:9-20).
We pray. God gives.
Jehoshaphat did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. So did Asa (from 1 Kings 15:11, 22:43).
I want to please the Lord too, so I pray, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).
When Elisha’s servant saw the enemy army surrounding them, Elisha said, “Don’t be afraid, for there are more on our side than on theirs!”
Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes and he saw the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire (from 2 Kings 6:15-17).
Ask God to give you evidence of things not seen.*
*adapted from E.M. Bounds, E.M. Bounds on Prayer, p.23.
I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the armies of heaven around him, on his right and on his left (1 Kings 22:19).
It is incredible that this Almighty God listens to us. Like the psalmist we can say, “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me (Psalm 34:4).”
God’s great power is matched by His infinite love.
In the morning, the people were silent when challenged to follow God. But in the evening, they fell face down, and cried out, “The Lord—he is God!”
During that day they had watched the prophets of Baal frantically pray, to no avail. But then they saw Elijah walk to the altar and pray, “Prove today that you are God.” God answered his prayer and the people believed (from 1 Kings 18:19-39).
Prayer shows who God is.