Beyond the Weekend

April 3 | Powerfully Present

April 3, 2019


“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 2 Kings 6:16

Read: 2 Kings 6:13-17

Listen: 2 Kings 6


When he opened the door in the pre-dawn darkness, it probably took a few seconds for everything to come into focus. When it did, his heart began to pound. As far as Elisha’s servant could see, surrounding Dothan were Aramean soldiers intent on capturing Elisha. Assessing the situation, the servant was filled with fear—two men versus an entire army, no means of escape and no place to hide. From all he could see, the situation was hopeless. But he didn’t see everything.

Following Elisha’s prayer, the servant again surveyed the countryside. Yes, the army of Aram was still there as menacing as ever. But now with his eyes supernaturally opened, he saw the ordinarily unseen world of angels ready to do God’s bidding. God had surrounded the armies of Aram and was in control.

We can identify with the servant. We are overwhelmed with fear, see no solution to our problem and can find no way out. All we see is a challenging situation. We lose sight of God and his powerful presence with us. Like the servant, we need our eyes “opened” to God’s continuing work in our lives.


Identify the situation that is causing you the most fear. Then write a prayer like this, “God, like Elisha’s servant, I don’t know what to do with ______________________. Because I don’t, I’m afraid. I, too, need my eyes opened to your presence and your goodness. Remind me that you are greater than this situation. I thank you in advance for what you are going to do.” Take this prayer with you today and refer to it every time fear begins to approach.

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