An enemy army surrounded them, but Elisha confidently believed,
“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Then Elisha prayed for his servant. “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”
So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man.
Next Elisha prayed about the enemy: “Please strike this people with blindness.”
So the Lord struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.
And then Elisha prayed again,”O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.”
So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw.
You can read the whole story in 2 Kings 6:15-23.
“At any leisure moment you would see him reading from his leather-bound pocket book, in which he had a long list of names for whom he prayed daily. He remembers them all before God in silent prayer.”*
Put a list on your phone (most of us take them everywhere) and pray for people whenever you have a second!
Continue steadfastly in prayer . . . making the best use of the time (Colossians 4:1-5).
*adapted from Mrs. Howard Taylor, Behind the Ranges, p.177.
No matter what, we pray knowing that for those who love God all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
You meant it for evil against me, but God meant it for good (Genesis 50:20).
The Lord searches and knows us. Nothing we pray surprises Him.
Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether (Psalm 139:4).
God responds to prayer.
The Lord said, “Job shall pray for you, and I will accept his prayer” (from Job 42:7-8).
Prayer is the exercise of increasing God’s influence in the world.
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and
pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin
and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14, bold mine).
We have complete freedom to discuss our interests with God. You may ask me for anything (John 14:14).
But our prayer should also include God’s interests. Father, glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you (from John 17:1).