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Open My Eyes – Streams in the Desert 04/04

“Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17).
This is the prayer we need to pray for ourselves and for one another, “Lord, open our eyes that we may see”; for the world all around us, as well as around the prophet, is full of God’s horses and chariots, waiting to carry us to places of glorious victory. And when our eyes are thus opened, we shall see in all events of life, whether great or small, whether joyful or sad, a “chariot” for our souls.
Everything that comes to us becomes a chariot the moment we treat it as such; and, on the other hand, even the smallest trial may be a Juggernaut car to crush us into misery or despair if we consider it.
It lies with each of us to choose which they shall be. It all depends, not upon what these events are, but upon how we take them. If we lie down under them, and let them roll over us and crush us, they become Juggernaut cars, but if we climb up into them, as into a car of victory, and make them carry us triumphantly onward and upward, they become the chariots of God. –Hannah Whitall Smith
The Lord cannot do much with a crushed soul, hence the adversary’s attempt to push the Lord’s people into despair and hopelessness over the condition of themselves, or of the church. It has often been said that a dispirited army goes forth to battle with the certainty of being beaten. We heard a missionary say recently that she had been invalided home purely because her spirit had fainted, with the consequence that her body sunk also. We need to understand more of these attacks of the enemy upon our spirits and how to resist them. If the enemy can dislodge us from our position, then he seeks to “wear us out” (Daniel 7:25) by a prolonged siege, so that at last we, out of sheer weakness, let go the cry of victory.

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2 Responses to Open My Eyes - Streams in the Desert 04/04

  • kelli says:

    This is right. on. Reminds me of the verse that says, "Is He God of the hills and not of the valleys?" All our ups and downs are within His grip, indeed, covered with His chariots. Thanks for posting, Michelle.

    • womenof7 says:

      I have been reading Andrew Murray on Prayer and The Weapon of Prayer by E. M. Bounds... Liked what Bounds had to say about... "Prayer affects three different spheres of existence- the divine, the angelic, and the human. It puts God to work, it puts angels to work, and it puts man to work. ....God, angels, and men are subjects of this wonderful law of prayer, and all these have to do with the possibilities and the results of prayer." I have never really thought of God answering our prayer in the way of Him using angels. Or perhaps I have known, just didn't sink in as much..until reading this quote.. Thought it was interesting. Psa_103:21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

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