And Elisha prayed, "Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see." Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. -2 Kings 6:17 (NIV)
In the suggested reading for today, Israel and Aram are at war. But Aram is not having any luck. Whenever the king of Aram makes a move against Israel, Israel anticipates it and is ready. After trying to figure out who is tipping off the Israelite army about his war strategy, the king of Aram learns that it's Elisha. Naturally, he dispatches an army to eliminate Elisha.
When Elisha and his servant realize that the city where they're staying is surrounded by the king of Aram's army, Elisha's servant is frightened. But Elisha tells the servant, "Do not be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those with them." Elisha then prays to God, asking God to open the eyes of the servant so he may see. Suddenly, the servant is able to see that they have their own army of horses and chariots of fire surrounding and protecting them.
Are you worried about something today? Do you feel as if you're being surrounded or that you're about to be attacked? Not sure you can withstand the pressure or the opposition?
May God grant you the grace to believe that you are not alone. The power available to you is far greater than the power available to that which would come against you. I hope you'll be able to sense and find strength in that power today.
If you're interested in reading through the Bible in a year, tomorrow's suggested readings are 2 Kings 8-9, 2 Chronicles 21, and 1 Timothy 4.