What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom. 8:31 (NIV)
“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)
Heavenly Father, sometimes like Elisha, we get overwhelmed. A combination of broken people, hard storylines, and disappointing diagnoses; accompanied by a school of small circumstantial-piranha munching away our remaining energy and joy. Whatever the scenario… you understand it, you are with us, and you are for us. And that’s all we need to know.
As you did with Elisha, Father, open our eyes to see your provision all around us—whether it’s literally angels or other manifestations of your hand and heart. Quicken our ears to hear you singing over us and let us feel your everlasting arms wrapped around us and poised under us (Deut. 33:27).
Compel our hearts to know that greater is the One who is in us than the one that is in the world (1 Jn. 4:4). Indeed, Father, make Jesus the biggest, most beautiful, most unavoidable reality in our lives right now—even if our circumstances are slow to change.
Help us embrace our vulnerability and weakness as opportunities to rely on you. Help us resist the “spiritual-carpetbaggers” who show up—offering snake-oil remedies, empty promises, and grace-less formulas. Help us run to the throne of grace regularly, and to our grace-friends quickly. Thank you for the loving, praying, perspective-giving sisters and brothers, you’ve given us. Life simply can’t be done alone.
We praise, bless, and adore you for being our very near and full-of-grace Father. You are here; you are in control; and you will win the day. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ triumphant and tender name.