Elisha was a man whose experience with God gave him peace and direction when he was surrounded by an enemy army. This story can be found in 2 Kings 6:8-23. It was written as a reminder to trust God for strategies and strength in dangerous situations.
Beginning at 2 Kings 6:13 in the NIV:
“Go, find out where he [Elisha] is,” the [enemy] king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet [Elisha] answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 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.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike these people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked…”
Lord, may we and our service members know that “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Open the eyes of our loved ones to the ‘chariots of fire’ that surround them. Give them strategies and weapons more powerful than the weapons of this world.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Cor. 10:4 KJV
Pull down the strongholds, Lord, of oppression and violence, so Your Kingdom of peace may come to the war torn peoples of the world. Protect our loved ones and the innocent in the land. Protect those who want to be left alone to live their lives in peace, the women and children, the elderly and infirm. May they know You as Savior and Deliverer. Amen.