Old Testament In a Year: July 11 – 2 Kings 13, 14

2 Kings 13, 14
Focus Verse: Then the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck down Syria until you had made an end of it, but now you will strike down Syria only three times.” – 2 Kings 13:19

When Elisha was near death, King Joash went to him crying because he feared that Israel would now be defeated by Syria. With a bow and several arrows, Elisha demonstrated how it would be Syria that was defeated by Israel and not the other way around.

Elisha told Joash to take the arrows and strike the ground with them. Joash took the arrows, struck the ground three times, and then stopped. Elisha was angry with him for stopping at the number three. In doing so, he limited his future victory. Instead of defeating Syria five or six times until they were completely destroyed, he would only defeat them three times.

Are you doing the same as Joash by placing limits on what God can do in your life by making small requests of Him? In your prayers, do you strike three times and then stop?

Your God is a big God; so why ask Him for a small blessing? Your God is a triumphant God; so why ask Him for only one victory? Your God is a rescuing God; so why ask Him for only a partial deliverance?

Don’t limit God, thus limiting His goodness in your life, by only striking His throne of grace three times. Keep striking! In other words, keep praying. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking.


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