Elisha’s prayer in 2 Kings 6:17 is certainly instructive for us today.
Then Elisha prayed, Lord I pray You, open his eyes that he may see. And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Every day in our faith walk we must be exercising the eyes of our spirit, for that is far more valuable, far more instructive, and far more “correct” than what we see with our physical eyes.
Our health, our non-wavering peace, our financial well-being, our effective ministry, and our successful path through life all depend fully on the strengthening eyes of our spirit. We learn what is in God’s Word – His instructions and promises – we honor it as absolutely true, and we accept nothing in our lives that might compromise that Truth. Therefore, when we observe any situation that appears to diminish God’s promises in a life (through our physical eyes) we train ourselves to look at it with the eyes of faith (our spiritual eyes). Strong and correctly trained spiritual eyes honor and please God (Hebrews 10:38), strengthen our faith walk, and are a direct result of our reliance on the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Well developed and daily exercised spiritual eyes recognize disease and fear and poverty and confusion as tools of our enemy. The Holy Spirit, whose ministry in your life brings about righteous living and right standing with God (2 Corinthians 3:9) daily instructs you in this knowledge, all the while bringing to your remembrance God’s specific Word (John 14:26) as the standard you are to use to confront each attack – in whatever form it may take. God’s Word tells us that He is for your prosperity, wisdom, and success (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 35:27); He has taken the necessary measures to assure your health and well-being (Malachi 4:2, 1 Peter 2:24) and His work in your life accomplishes all of this (Hebrews 13:21). As we attend faithfully and resolutely, the Holy Spirit establishes God’s purposes in our hearts and in our lives. But we must attend! We must understand this Truth. God sent His Holy Spirit into the world to enable us to accomplish His purposes for mankind. We are inadequate without Him – inadequate to the task (John 15:5). Correctly introducing Jesus to the world – our “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:19) – is weakly ineffective without the Holy Spirit in us. He is our Teacher, our Enabler, our Strengthener, our Counselor. He effectively perfects our spiritual eyes. He corrects our misconceptions and helps us to see as God sees (1 Corinthians 2:9-11), to speak as God speaks, and to expect what God promises.
And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.