Guest post by Anne Marie of Future.Flying.Saucers
There are times when we parents see the enemy all around us. It does not really matter in what form the enemy appears. But you recognize it. You fear for your children, your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country.
One day the prophet Elisha was surrounded by the enemy. His looked like the King of Aram’s, or Syria’s, army. He was in trouble with this king because through the power of God, Elisha was able to tell the Israelite king Syria’s army movements.
Now the heart of the king of Aram was enraged over this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you tell me which of us is for the king of Israel?” One of his servants said, “No, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and take him.” And it was told him, saying, “Behold, he is in Dothan.” He sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. ~ 2 Kings 6:11-14
Elisha was surrounded. War was upon him. There was no way out.
Yet he did not worry.
Elisha would tell you, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” (2 Kings 6:16)
Read that verse again……Parents, we need to engrave this truth upon our hearts!
When we are in the midst of fighting for our families, fighting for our rights to parent, fighting for the souls of our children, we must remember that those who are with us are MORE than those against us.
Elisha’s servant was worried though. He saw the sun glinting off the armor, heard the horses snort and the chariots creak, and trembled in his soul.
What shall we do? he cried.
What shall we do, Mom? What shall we do, Dad? The enemies are stacked against our families. It’s hard to watch the news and not be sickened by the blatant sin and saddened by the loss of life each day. What shall we do to protect our children? How can we train them in the ways of righteousness? Or teach them good things, when the perception of what is truly “good” in life is skewed?
Elisha prayed. Elisha had such a close relationship with God that he could ask God to do mighty things and God did them.
Parents, when was the last time you prayed? I don’t mean praying before a meal, or even just before bed at night. I mean, on your knees, or even on your face before God? When was the last time you fasted and prayed for your children?
Before Queen Esther went in to see the King of Persia about the annihilation of the Jews, she told Mordecai, “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16)
She was ready to fight the good fight. She was ready to die for her people if she must. She was “prayed up” and ready to do the hard thing.
Are you ready to fight in the war for our kids? It’s a spiritual battle and it rages around us every day. We have to choose to do the hard thing.
I encourage you to remember that those on the Lord’s side are far more numerous than those on the enemy’s.
I encourage you to fast and pray. Take the spiritual battle seriously. Be sure to know the sword of the Spirit well.
What happened to Elisha and his servant? I’m glad you asked!
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. ~ 2 Kings 6:17
Isn’t that awesome! How great is our God! We serve a God who surrounds those whom He loves with chariots of fire!
Before Jesus went to the cross, He prayed in the garden. Once betrayed, Peter, took up his sword ready to fight and cut off the ear of one of the servants. Jesus stopped Peter, healed the ear, and said, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53)
Mom, dad, you are surrounded by the heavenly hosts today. Take up your sword, bend your knees, and fight through prayer.
Because your Heavenly Father will fight the battle for you!
Anne Marie is the author of the blog Future.Flying.Saucers. She has a passion for Bible study and teaching the Word to adults and children. On Wednesday nights you will find her teaching Biblical concepts to Awana clubs at her church. All of her Awana and Bible lessons can be found for FREE on her blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.