As communist governments in various countries hunt for Christians and the underground churches we pray that they may not find them even as Jezebel could not find Elijah whom she intended to kill. We pray that women who would desire to kill their children would be blind to Planned Parenthood and other abortion mills, thereby sparing the life of their unborn child whom they are called to protect. We can pray for the blindness of governments in nearby countries (see Pastor Coates in Canada)(3) to the house of the Lord that they might not send their inquisitors to hinder and imprison God’s people who are worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth.
So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord and said “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. – II Kings 6:18 NKJV
Here is a prayer we do not hear very often, “Please strike those people with blindness.”
Corrie ten Boom is famous for helping many Jews escape the Holocaust in the Netherlands. She was eventually captured and sent to a concentration camp with her sister. While carrying a Bible to the camp’s entrance, Corrie was searched by the guards. She prayed that they would not find the Bible and by God’s grace the Bible was not found. There are accounts of prisoners coming to faith through her Bible reading and witness.
When Elisha went down to the Syrian army he prayed to God for their eyes to be blinded that they might not be able to see or recognize him and their surroundings. God answered his prayer and struck the Syrians with blindness.
We often pray for the Lord to give sight to eyes blind to Christ and to give hearing to the ear deaf to His glorious gospel. After all, isn’t that the point of praying, “Thy Kingdom come” (Matt. 6:10)?
Praying for the coming of the Kingdom of the Lord has at least three parts (1):
1) Praying for the Kingdom of Grace to be advanced.
That is, that many more who are blind would hear the Word of God proclaimed, and by the Spirit at work in them, would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor…and recovering of sight to the blind…” (Luke 4:18).