Blinded

As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the LORD, “Strike these people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked. 2 Kings 6:18

Search the realm of military field tactics and this tactic is absent from any sound teaching. God opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant and blinded the soldiers who were out to kill them. It was an interesting prayer, “blind the men.” It had the same effect as if God had confused their minds.

As many of you are aware, it is often difficult to get religious materials into certain countries that are hostile to the Gospel. Twenty years ago, Bible smugglers penetrated Communist countries such as Russia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, and others with many religious materials and Bibles. Now, every one of those lands is open to the Gospel.

However, Muslim countries (and a few Communist countries) have replaced the former Soviet bloc countries, and they are notorious for disallowing Bibles and religious material from crossing their borders.

Fellow Believers, we are in a war with the forces of darkness in atheistic and Islamic countries. Pray what Elisha prayed, that his enemies would be blinded. Pray that those seeking to bring Bibles into those countries would be able to freely pass, and inspection officials would overlook or not even see the religious material. Just as the men Elisha prayed for weren’t blinded permanently, we should pray that officials cannot see what is before them. We should pray that God would have favor on those who attempt such acts because the “smugglers” could be sent to prison.

We don’t know what it’s like not to have the Bible to read. Millions, even billions, have never seen a Bible. Pray that no matter where the Bibles finally end up (even if it’s in the hands of Customs officials), that the truth of the Gospel will penetrate the hardened hearts of those reading it.

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