As I was praying today about all of the events going on around the world, particularly in the Middle East, I felt like the Holy Spirit reminded me of a scripture passage. I want to share this with you today and hopefully you will join me in praying!
I was praying for President Obama and other leaders of the world to have Godly wisdom in dealing with the evil of ISIS. I understand that many people, including myself, have frustration with political leaders many times. It can be frustrating when we want them to do certain things and feel like they are dragging their feet or worse, aren’t concerned. The truth is that we are most effective in influencing those in government/political positions when we pray for them. We must pray for our leaders. God can work and his will be accomplished through leaders of the world regardless of whether or not they actually call on him as Lord. Pharaoh was certainly used by God to deliver the children of Israel though antagonistic, he was still used for God’s purposes.
So, back to the scripture I mentioned. As I was praying today I specifically asked for God to send wise counsel to our leaders and frustrate the evil enemy. That is when I remembered the scripture passage from 2Kings 6:8-12
2 Kings 6:8-12New International Version (NIV)
Elisha Traps Blinded Arameans
8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”
12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
I love the last phrase in this scripture passage which points out the fact that Elisha – COUNSEL TO THE KING of ISRAEL – was literally hearing the plans of the enemy even while they talked in the King of Aram’s private bedroom. The king of Aram was doing everything he could to defeat Israel but even when he was making his top secret private plans, God was revealing those plans to Elisha as if he was sitting right in the room, hearing the plans directly from the mouth of the enemy!
The devil is limited but we are not.
We have access to the all-knowing all-powerful God. The Holy Spirit moves and works in ways that we cannot even understand. I am praying today that the Holy Spirit will revealed to the leaders of the free world in a supernatural way what are the detailed, specific, strategic plans of the enemy. Even as the evil spirit behind ISIS is plotting and planning their mission to advance through & destroy the free nations of the world, I pray that the Holy Spirit will reveal these plans to our leaders (and those who counsel them) as if we are sitting at the table listening in to their discussions. Wherever they go to bring destruction, let a wall of defense be in their place before they even arrive. Frustrate the enemy, oh great God, Father, Lord Jehovah!