v 16-17. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
You will find this whole section in 2 Kings 6 peppered with the briefest of prayers. (How many do you notice?) We find a frightened young man who needs to see the reality of God’s presence; an enemy army needing to be restrained, and Elisha taking control to bring about a period of lasting peace in the region.
The whole extraordinary story provides example after example of the briefest of prayers being answered, and kindness and mercy being shown.
It is clear that Elisha was walking with God and speaking with Him as a friend and companion. The prayers we find are more like a conversation than any kind of religious expression. Such short and explicit requests are based on a relationship with God that exhibits familiarity and dependence.
Are you learning to pray that way?