The Invisible Realm and Victorious Spiritual Warfare
In 2 Kings 6:8-17: The king of Syria probably Ben- Hadad II (860-841B.C.) was making war against Israel. In Chapter 6 and versus 9-14, through Elisha prophetic gift and spiritual enablement, he was able to inform Jehoram (King of Israel) of Ben- Hadad anticipated strategy of attack. In verse 11, the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing. Therefore Ben – Hadad sent a great army to capture Elisha. That the army came by night surrounding the city reveals that the Syrians did not really believe in Elisha’s gift of discernment was to anticipate their moves to capture Israel were futile.
To believe the impossible one must first see the invisible. A lesson in which Elisha teaches his servant. This section informs us about the war between the two nations Syria and Israel and the prophet Elisha informing his people of the enemies tactic’s through his prophetic insight. (v12).
Here is the lesson: Prayer is the vital key to discerning our adversary’s stratagems. Further, the key to dispelling Elisha’s servant’s panic was his vision being opened to see the invisible. NOTE THESE CRUCIAL WORDS: “Elisha prayed”! He did not ask God for another miracle to show his servant; Elisha prayed and asked for his servant TO SEE INTO ANOTHER DIMENSION.
The answer came immediately: “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.”(v17). Seeing into the invisible is a key to victorious praying – discerning spiritual problems from God’s perspective rather than man’s, seeing the Adversary’s attack plan, and perceiving God’s angelic strike- force.
The lessons for us to learn from this encounter:
- It is through prayer that the strategies of the adversary are discerned.
- Prayer is the key to dispelling the panic of Elisha’s servant.
- It was only through eyes of faith in the spiritual realm that the resource could be seen.
- So today, do not be afraid! Look up with eyes of Faith; the Lord has outnumbered your enemies.