“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. 2 Kings 6:16-17 (NLT)

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31 (NIV)

Dear heavenly Father, sometimes like Elisha, we get overwhelmed at the odds stacked against us in life—whether we’re having to deal with a disproportionate amount of broken people, hard storylines, or fresh heartaches; or whether it’s a huge school of tiny circumstantial piranha nibbling away at our energy and joy; or whether it’s just one big zapping difficulty that’s exhausting our resources—one that actually feels bigger than you. No matter the scenario—you understand, you are with us, and you are for us.

Father, as with Elisha, so with us—open our eyes to see your angels placed all around us; quicken our ears to hear you singing over us, with great delight, right in the middle of the chaos; and compel our hearts to know that greater is the One who is in us than the one that is in the world. Indeed, Father, make Jesus the biggest and most beautiful, the most obvious and most unavoidable reality in our lives right now—even if it’s a long time before our circumstances change.

Father, help us to steward our vulnerability and weakness well; help us resist evil “carpetbaggers,” offering snake oil remedies and the empty promises of quick relief; help us run to your throne of grace regularly, and to the most reliable members of our gospel posses—for some things we simply cannot handle all by ourselves. We praise, bless, and adore you for being our near and grace-full God. You are here; you are in control; and you will win the day. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ triumphant and tender name.