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. 2 Kings 6:17 (NIV)
You’re missing quite a bit. What do you mean by that? Life is racing by and you are very busy. Yes, I am. There is a lot you are missing. There is a lot you fail to realize. What do you have in mind? I want you to slow down and take a greater notice of what I am doing in and through your life. I would like to do that. Is there something specific you are asking? Yes, there is.
What have you seen or understood only because you came to me in prayer and we talked about it? Every time I come to you in prayer I know your love more intimately and personally. I can see that your hand is on me. You are guarding and guiding my life. In prayerfully reading your word, you are transforming my mind and guarding my heart. Yes, I am. You are giving and granting me new desires in my heart. I am experiencing new joy and peace in your presence that I have never known before.
When you let your busy life and your surroundings grab your attention, what happens? I loose sight of the fact that you are with me to help me. I start to think that I am all alone to fight the battles of life. Then what? Then worry and fear begin to take a hold of me. What is the result of that? Worry and fear have held me back from going where you want me to go. I have believed that I couldn’t do what you have asked me to do. Yes, and where has your focus turned to then? My focus has turned to myself. What do you see then? I see only my own weakness. What do you think I really want you to see? I think you want me to see you. You want me to rely on your power and strength to help me. You want me to know that I am not all alone in the battles of life. You are with me. Your hand is on me. You are surrounding me with help on every side. Yes, I am.
How will you be able to keep your focus on me and see the help I want to give to you? I know that you will keep showing yourself to me as I meet with you in prayer. Yes, I will. Let me ask you something. Go ahead. Why would you ever stop praying? What do you mean? Can’t you have set times of prayer with me that continue on and are ongoing throughout your day? Yes, I suppose that I can. That is what I want to grow and develop within you. I want to teach you how to keep your eyes on me by praying throughout your day. Then I won’t fail to notice what you want to show me. I will look up and see that you are with me to help me. Yes, you will.
Lord, so often I have looked at battles with the eyes of fear, doubt and worry. I have looked at myself and the size of the battle and thought I was headed toward defeat. But, you have been with me to help me. Help me trust and rely on your help at all times. Amen
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