3:16 Devotion April 11, 2020

3:16 Devotion April 11, 2020

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that 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. ()

This passage on 2 Kings tells about the time Elisha was counseling Israel when they became attacked by its enemies. The king’s forces arrived and surrounded Elisha and his servant. Elisha’s servant became upset and fearful but Elisha was not upset. In fact, he was quite calm. Elisha immediately prayed that his servant’s eyes might be opened to see that there was no need to be afraid, because the angels were protecting them.

God also has an army of angels protecting us from the pandemic. They are making sure we can be treated if we get sick. They are making sure we can have access to food. They are supplying us with the services we need at home to continue living and working. We need to have our eyes open to recognize and appreciate these angels.

As Christians, all of us are called to be like Elisha, and point what God is doing in the world to those that are in despair. To those that cannot see a God of Hope because they are consumed by the circumstances of the moment. Stay strong, keep faith, trust God, and comfort those that are not believers.

Let’s pray for all our congregation members and relatives that are part of this Army of Angels,  aka essential workers: Dan ZImmerman, Noemi Maydew, Terry D’Alessio, Lanie D’Alessio, Bobby Blythe, Tim Downes, Jeff Ratica, Amanda Cagle, Marcus Wilson, Kelly Hartis, Joan Howard, Bryan Thompson, Robin & Bruce Foster and team, Stephen Baqqi, Kristin Parker, Dan & Anita McClernon, Chuck and Debbie Kenyon, Norm Kligerman, Michael Wheatley, Emily Murray, Steven O’Byrne, Nancy Sain, Rachel Smith, Lauren & Caleb & Todd (relatives of Marla Ham) and all others working in essential jobs.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for these your angels on Earth. We ask you to keep them safe and healthy, and to give them strength and discernment for this battle. Lord in your mercy cover this world with your healing power, the one our physical eyes cannot see, but that it’s mighty and loving. May all these circumstances we are living bring glory to you. Amen.

Liliana Mariano

17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So 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. (ESV)