“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him, “for there are more on our side than on theirs!” — 2 Kings 6:16 (NLT)
As the battle in Ukraine rages on, we continue to pray. It seems the only kind of warfare we can provide is Spiritual warfare.
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
— Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
We look back on the Old Testament, and often lament, “Why did you let this happen, Lord?” We ask today, “Why are you letting this happen, Lord?” Of course, we understand that we don’t understand. How can we? When we see atrocities, crimes of war, innocent lives lost, our fellow human beings treated in a most inhumane way, hounded, persecuted, devastated, as their homes are ravaged and destroyed before their eyes; how can we understand?
In the Old Testament, we read about the persecution of the Israelites. The king of Aram was at war with Israel. But he was thwarted at every battle; the king of Israel always knew where he would attack and would muster his troops and was always ready in the right place at the right time to defend their territory.
The king of Aram was incensed. “Who is the traitor?” he demanded. But there was no traitor.
No, it was Elisha, man of God and prophet, whom God spoke with and was told where the Arameans would attack. He would tell the king of Israel and warned him so that he could muster his troops at the right place.
One day, the king of Aram found out where Elisha was and sent troops to seize him. Elisha’s servant woke up to find themselves surrounded by a great army, with troops and horses and chariots all around. Frightened, he woke Elisha and told him.
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him, “for there are more on our side than on theirs!”
— 2 Kings 6:16 (NLT)
Then Elisha prayed and his servant’s eyes were opened to see the heavenly armies around them – the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire! God’s protection was around Elisha. They could not be seen with natural eyes, but with spiritual eyes. The battle was spiritual, and the battle today remains spiritual.
We are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies; yes, they exist; but the real battle is against “the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” It’s a spiritual battle, and spiritual warfare demands that we take up the armour of God.
You can read about the armour of God in Ephesians 6:10-18 and learn more in our module on The Armour of God – Discipleship 006 – Misfits Ministries.
Elisha, when confronted by the Aramean army, knew that his battle was won. He was fully equipped for the spiritual battle he faced, and he led the attacking army into the hands of their enemies, the Israelites. So, what did the Israelites do? Did they kill their enemies? No, they prepared a feast for them and sent them home.
Simple. No retribution. No revenge. No hatred. They simply prepared a feast for them and sent them home. After that, the Arameans kept away from the land of Israel and left them in peace.
May we pray. Oh Lord, let this happen again. Let this happen in Ukraine. Let us take up our spiritual armour and take up the fight against those evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. The last piece of armour – and the most important, we believe – is prayer. We take this moment, and many more as the battle rages on, to #PrayForUkraine, and may Your mighty hand prevail and save them from this wicked war. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
If you’re affected by what is happening in Ukraine – please get in touch. Don’t feel as though you have to battle alone, we would love to pray with you. May God Bless You and bring you peace.
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