Chariots of Fire – Buffers of Blessings – Prayers of Mercy

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I’m skipping ahead of the 1st Kings to 2nd Kings for stories of prophets Elijah into the stories of Elisha, prophet continuation as Elisha was called by the Lord. This is a MOST tremendous concept/reality that sometimes even devout Christians forget about. We know there are angels,  but do we remember that their are ARMIES all around us? There’s a battle close but invisible. Elisha saw Chariots of Fire. Sometimes we DO need to step into a battle that helps another. But always we need to WAIT for God’s instructions. 

Chariots of Fire, and yes Angels of Mercy. In this day and age, I think there must be angels who cover children in a car crash, ample buffers of blessings in blocking catastrophes, the simple blowing up the wind outside to prevent virus spreads in open spaces, and any and all angels that are leading your cat or dog to come sit by your side when you are feeling blue.  Angel armies. 

Chariots of Fire – I wonder what’s around us right now…  this is what Elisha saw and shared with his servant to STENGHTHEN: And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So 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. 

But the opposite army? God allowed Elisha to have mercy on them. Blindness and travel to another place. Fed them and set them free. Mercy.

Is not that what God is leading now? Us in blindness being directed to open space, war-free zones, and feasts. Lord have mercy on us so we can see.


I offer a prayer for all of us:

Lord, You go ahead of us. You will never leave or forsake us, just as Moses told his people, and as he told Joshua. 

Lord, we best try to tune into Your Plan for our lives and be accepting and appreciative of Your Will.  When we lose focus from serving You, we can also forget that our forever home in heaven above is where we belong. Sometimes instead we can get caught up in worldly pursuits and distractions, even though we are told to just be temporary travellers in this world. There are invisible battles and angel armies and chariots of fire to help us now. Knowing that,  help us give mercy to others, even our enemies. 

Jesus’s brother James says You, Lord, jealously long for the Spirit dwelling in us. When we don’t submit, we find ourselves trying to be friends with the world, which makes us an enemy from You. HELP US LORD. Our desires will battle within us. You can SETTLE the fight by gifting us Your precious mercy. You calm our battles by winning our war.

May we always allow you to GO first, AND want You to be first. Humble us,  Lord, so that we deny our pride. Help us to submit and seek You fervently each day, everyday, today.

Thank You for Your Grace.

We pray these things, Jesus, in Your Holy, Everlasting and Forgiving Name. Amen.

Amen 


1 Kings 19:19-21

The Call of Elisha
So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. “Let me kiss my father and mother goodbye,” he said, “and then I will come with you.”

“Go back,” Elijah replied. “What have I done to you?” So Elisha left him and went back. He took his yoke of oxen and slaughtered them. He burned the plowing equipment to cook the meat and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out to follow Elijah and became his servant.

2nd KIngs 6:8-23

Horses and Chariots of Fire
Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.” But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.”  And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.

And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?” And one of his servants said, “None, 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.” And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.” It was told him, “Behold, he is in Dothan.” So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So 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. And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria.

As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the Lord opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. As soon as the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha, “My father, shall I strike them down? Shall I strike them down?” He answered, “You shall not strike them down. Would you strike down those whom you have taken captive with your sword and with your bow? Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” So he prepared for them a great feast, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the Syrians did not come again on raids into the land of Israel.

Psalm 91:11 – HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE OVER YOU TO KEEP YOU IN ALL YOUR WAYS

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