2 Kings 6:17-20
"Then Elisha prayed and said, "O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see...Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, "Please strike this people with blindness'...Elisha said, 'O LORD, open the eyes of these men that they may see.'"
James 5:16 says, "Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." Obviously, Elisha was a righteous person whose prayers were powerfully effective.
Since those who envy will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:21), I won't say I envy the servant of Elisha. However, I would occasionally like to have eyes to see that "those who are with us are more than those who are with them." To be reminded of the spiritual realm and the warfare that occurs there, I would occasionally like to have the eyes of Elisha's servant.
It is impossible to read Daniel 10 without noticing the prayer of another righteous man. Verse 12 says, "Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words (prayers) have been heard, and I have come because of your words (prayers)." In the first two verses, Daniel received a vision from the LORD concerning a great conflict. In verse 16, the vision had caused him pain and depleted his strength. Daniel was so troubled by the vision that he mourned and fasted for three weeks. At the end of that time, he saw another vision of a man dressed in linen with human-like features that were not human. Even though they did not see the vision, the men with him were terrified and fled. Daniel was incapacitated and unable to speak until the man lifted him up and touched his lips.
In verse 13, the angel told Daniel the prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked his way for twenty-one days, the exact number of days Daniel prayed and fasted. Michael, described as "your prince" in verse 21, came to the assistance of the angel in his struggle against the prince of Persia. The "your" describing Michael is plural, so Michael is not just Daniel's prince but most likely Israel's.
We should be mindful of the reason Paul commanded believers to "put on the whole armor of God" in Ephesians 6. "We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." As Sovereign, God accomplishes His will, but we are commanded to pray at all times in the Spirit and to keep alert with perseverance, while we pray for all the saints.
Sovereign LORD God, we know the righteous live by faith and not by sight. However, You make it evident there is another realm we hardly realize exists. Please give us the spiritual insight to comprehend the struggle that is continually taking place in this heavenly realm. May we be persistent in prayer and not lose heart when it seems nothing is happening. We want to be like the widow who pestered the judge for justice. We know You give justice to Your elect, so we will cry day and night.
"Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD. Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart." Psalm 119:1-2 (NRSV)
Just a reminder, Psalm 119 is a celebration of God's Word. It proclaims the excellence of God's divine instruction. As you read the next seven days, notice the many words used to describe God's instruction and the promises made to those who "walk in the law" and "keep his decrees."
Holy Spirit, please open both our eyes and minds to see the beauty of our Father's law, given to us from Your heart of love!