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Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”
So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha (2 Kings 6:14-18 NKJV).
The back story for this is king of Syria decided to make war with Israel. He would tell his servants where he planned to make camp. Elisha, by the Holy Spirit, would tell the king of Israel where the Syrian king was going to be so that conflict between the two could be avoided. This greatly troubled the Syrian king especially when his servants told him the prophet Elisha spoke what the king said in his bedroom.
‘Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?”
And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom” ‘(2 Kings 6: 11-12).
The king was then told where Elisha would be and so he sent a great army during the dark of night so they would be waiting in the morning for the man of God. When Elisha’s servant arose and went outside, he was astonished and afraid because he knew not what the two of them would do against such a vast army. But God! Elisha knew that no army standing against him would be able to stand against the army of God with him, but he also knew that his servant needed some encouragement. So he prayed for his servant to see who stood with them.
There is no doubt of the movement of the enemy these days. He desires to make war with God’s people and he moves his army at night. At times it may seem as though his victory is assured. He’s loud and getting louder. He is increasing in violent antics. His cloud of deception seems ever thickening. He plays dirty and unfair. While it may be dreadful, it isn’t going too far.
Be encouraged. There is nothing he does that Papa has not already seen and for which He has not formulated a plan. He has no new battle strategy. In his pride, he forgets he is already defeated and always shows his hand. The Holy Spirit reveals to us the secrets and plans Satan whispers in dark rooms so that we are well equipped to pray. Our intercession and war cries do not go unheard, putting angels on assignment with our decrees stopping the plans of the enemy before they come to fruition. Greater is the army on our side than what the enemy has on his and, like Elisha, we can pray the enemy be blinded.
Dear Papa, open our eyes that we may see the army You have standing with us. May we not falter or lose heart at the news reports and photographs circulating, but that we would be encouraged knowing our assured victory is in You. Papa, strike the enemies’ camps with blindness and confusion. May they fall into their own traps and snares. We pray that this would cause a change of heart for the people and draw them to You. Papa, reveal the secret plans made in the dark, shed the light of Your Truth on them and cause them to fizzle and come to naught. We speak peace and prosperity into our land, we speak healing and wholeness over our nation. We declare that what the enemy means for evil, You will turn it for good. You are our strong tower, You are our the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, You are our protector, You are our Dread Champion. We give You all glory and honor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Additional Scriptures: 1 John 4:4; Genesis 50: 20, Psalm 46:7