Open His Eyes


In II Kings 6, we read about a rather “eye-opening” experience. Early one morning, the Prophet Elisha’s servant went outside, only to observe an army of horses and chariots surrounding the city, with the goal of capturing Elisha. The servant was terrified. “O my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked Elisha. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed “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.

Like Elisha’s servant, we too may encounter seemingly hopeless situations. We may feel “surrounded” at times. In these times, the Scriptures provide us with hope. In Ephesians 1, Paul is praying for Believers in Ephesus, as follows: “I pray that the eyes of your heart [that is, your spiritual eyes] may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling,…and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.”

You see, no matter how desperate our situation may seem, we can pray for the same enlightenment that Elisha’s servant received, so that we might have the right perspective. “Open my eyes” will bring you the same results as Elisha’s “Open his eyes” prayer nearly 3,000 years ago.

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