“He said, ‘Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ 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.” 2 Kings 6:16-17
Recently one of our colleagues, who is a part of our Middle East team, came to the States and shared with our staff how the Lord is working throughout the area despite the persecution. The thing that struck me was what he shared when someone asked, “How can we be praying?” He shared that he had asked that very question to believers in Iraq and their response was to direct him to 2 Kings 6:16-17. They said, “Please pray that we will have eyes to see and to know that we are not in this battle alone.”
This perspective reminds me also of the time Peter was imprisoned, chained to two soldiers. We read in Acts 12:6-18, that an angel of the Lord caused the chains binding Peter to simply fall off and Peter walked out of prison.
May we remember that we are all in the battle that is “not against flesh and blood, but… against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). We hear of the trials and sufferings of our brothers and sisters living in persecution, but we must remember that the Lord has not left them, as promised in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So no matter how difficult or unbearable things seem, both in their lives and in our own, let us not give up praying and trusting the Lord. Oh Lord, give us eyes to see!