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Prayers of the Prophets – Lesson 6: Spiritual Insight

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to seek out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

Scripture Readings: II Kings 6:15-18 and Daniel 2:1-13
Introduction

Isn’t it amazing how much the young and inexperienced often think they know? Actually, the more we learn, the more we come to realize how much more there is that we don’t know! The wisest men of all understand how much they lack-and how desperate they are for the only Wise and True God! The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

It is impossible to learn and understand the things of God with the natural mind. Our natural limitations and the very nature of God limits our reception of divine truth to the spiritual renewal and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. No man can perceive truth unless the Spirit of God leads him. This is why Apostle John wrote that the Holy Spirit would be given to lead us into all truth (John 14:26). Therefore, if we are seeking truth, we must do more than study the Bible-we must pray! Seeking spiritual insight through prayer is critical to receiving revelation.

Anyone can study the Bible and get “surface” information about God (if they’re willing to accept what they read). But the Bible was written so that man could know God. There is a vast difference between information and relationship! And the better we get to know God, the more our minds will be divinely transformed. The more we are spiritually renewed, the easier it will be to understand the Word of God.

Elisha had to pray for his servant’s eyes to be opened to an awesome angelic presence. The prophet, Daniel, knew that truth and understanding come from God alone. At the time that he was compelled to pray for divine revelation, many lives were on the line, including his own. If no one could be found to correctly remember and interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s strange dream, all the wise men of the land would be put to death.

Lesson Questions

  1. What are the contrasting reactions of Elisha and Elisha’s servant to the Syrian army surrounding the city of Dothan? II Kings 6:15-16.
  2. What prayer did Elisha pray for his servant? II Kings 6:17.
  3. For what did Elisha pray concerning the Syrian army? II Kings 6:18.
  4. Why did Daniel and his friends pray for spiritual insight? Dan. 2:1-5,11-17.
  5. What things did Daniel do when he received the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream from God? Dan. 2:19-24.
  6. What declaration did Daniel make revealing the source of his revelations? Dan. 2:27-29; Gen. 40:8; 41:16; Deut. 29:29.
  7. What humble statement did Daniel make about himself to the king? Dan. 2:30; Rom. 12:3; Gal. 6:3.
  8. Why was Moses attributed with spiritual insight? Heb. 11 :24-27.

Life Application

A change in perspective can have a dramatic affect on our attitude. God has a much greater perspective on life than men. Can you imagine seeing everything through God’s eyes? The Lord must have had this partly in mind when He “…raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). If Christ is seated in the supreme place of victory over all His foes, and we are seated there in Him, then we have access to incredible spiritual insight!

The devil would like to keep our understanding darkened to who we are in Christ- to keep us defeated! But why should God’s people walk in despair and defeat? Through “…exceeding great and precious promises…” that allow us to be “…partakers of the divine nature…”we will walk in power and victory! Lord, give us a new perspective!