Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!”—2 Kings 6:17
In 850 BC, God spoke to Elisha and told him the Aramean king’s secret plans to attack Israel. God told Elisha exactly where the army would be hiding. The king of Israel listened to Elisha’s warning and was on guard. He didn’t fall into the enemies’ hands to be destroyed.
When the king of Aram learned that it was Elisha who was spoiling his secret plans of attack, he sent a large army made up of horses and chariots to surround the city of Dothan.
The next morning, Elisha’s servant saw the massive Aramean army surround the city. In the eyes of the enemy, Dothan was a city of sitting ducks. The sheer number of Aramean horses and chariots sent shivers up his spine. A sense of doubt and fear filled the air.
After Elisha prayed, the LORD opened the eyes of his servant. So, when the servant looked to the mountain that surrounded the city, he saw that it was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. God not only surrounded Elisha and his servant along with the entire city with his horses and chariots of fire, but he also blinded the enemy who tried to move in and capture the prophet.
Regardless of how you feel or what you see, in spite of the impossible odds against you, God has not abandoned you. It may seem that your situation is such that you are surrounded on all sides with doubt clouding your hope and fear filling your heart. In a time of great crisis, we need to pray that God open our eyes to see beyond what we are able and perceive things in his perspective.