Strike That Arrow into the Ground!

arrowsIf you peered into my family’s dining room this morning, you would have probably wondered what in the world this crazy woman was doing at her dining room table.

My head was down.

My eyes were fixed upon the many names and many requests in my prayer journal.

My arms were swinging up and down, up and down, up and down; like I was hitting them into the ground. It was a real workout, let me tell you! I’ve never prayed in this manner before, but I am certain I was led to pray with this demonstration of physical power. After I made my way through the dozens and dozens of prayer requests; believe me, I was panting and out of breath.

What led me to pray with this kind of exuberance were the words from 2 Kings 13:14-19:

Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”

Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so.  Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.

Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”

Then he said, Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”

King Jehoash rushed to the prophet’s death bed for help. The enemy was looming large over the horizon and the king was afraid. The prophet asked Jehoash to do something he had probably done thousands and thousands of times; shoot some arrows. It probably made sense for Jehoash, the king of Israel, to shoot arrows out an open window. However, when Elisha made the second order to strike the arrows into the ground, King Jehoash was half-hearted in his application. Only three times did he strike the floor with a weapon that wasn’t designed for physical blows but rather for aerial strikes. The King’s weak effort was noted. The prophet Elisha answered the King’s lack of faith and trust with words of condemnation.

As I read these words, I couldn’t help but wonder if my prayers are sometimes like half-hearted arrow blows. If you read through my prayer journal, you’ll note the dates when I wrote them. Some of my prayer requests have been prayed over for years. Some prayers have been uttered for months. And then there are some prayers that have only been penned in my journal in the past few days. I keep praying for these prayer requests until an answer comes.

King Jehoash underestimated his role in the defeat of Israel’s enemy. He was asked to beat an arrow into the ground. His efforts would indicate his level of faith and trust of his God. Elisha asked the king to do something first, something that didn’t make much sense  before the intervention of the Lord would be granted. Unfortunately, Jehoash’s actions were too tentative, too paltry, too weak, and too indicative of his lack of faith.

This short section of Scripture hit me squarely between the eyes as I looked down upon the many prayer requests in my journal. Many of these requests come from friends and family who are far away. I feel that distance especially when I receive difficult prayer requests; the kind of prayer requests that pierce my heart. All I want to do is jump on a plane and fly ‘home’ to hug my family and my friends and be there. I can’t do that every time one of these prayer requests is sent.

What can I do?

I can beat my arrows into the ground!!!! I can pray and pray and pray and pray and pray!!!!

So that is what I did this morning, I raised my arms over my head and struck them towards the floor as I prayed for every single request.

Cancer

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Faith in Christ

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Surgery

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Marriage or Remarriage

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Healing

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Depression

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Provision

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Lung Transplant

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Soul Care

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Freedom from Perpetual Sin

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Adultery

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Transformation in Christ

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Direction

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

New Job

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Repentance

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Discouragement

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Loneliness

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Family Restoration

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

New Life

I lift my arms and beat that arrow into the ground!

Friends, I don’t know what you are praying about, but let’s not allow our prayers to be half-hearted or lacking in faith or trust. Granted, we do not know what our Lord’s ultimate answer will be for our prayers. However, we can do our part and beat our arrows into the ground over and over and over again to show our resolute trust. Our abilities may be weak and paltry, but we have a Savior in Jesus Christ who can work through our weakness and transform them into something incredibly powerful and sufficient! We must do our part!

Let’s lift our arms, my friends!

Let’s beat the arrows we have been given into the ground, offering what we have so that our God will take our gifts and do something profound!!!! We will not fear! We will trust and confidently proclaim that our God will answer and speak into every prayer according to His glorious name and good purpose. May it be so! Amen and Amen!

 

Photo by Byron James of Flickr

2 thoughts on “Strike That Arrow into the Ground!

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    1. May our God meet your needs, Thabo. Blessings to you.

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