The name Dothan means “two wells”. Dothan is a pasture land for livestock. There are two cisterns and a stream. One of the cisterns is named the pit of Joseph.
There are two Bible stories that take place in Dothan. Joseph is thrown into the pit and sold to slave traders by his brothers. In the other, the king of Syria encamps around Dothan to seize Elisha.
2 Kings 6:17 (ESV)
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Scripture does not record the prayers of Joseph when he was betrayed by his brothers. Did he pray that their eyes would be opened? Did Elisha come in agreement with Joseph’s prayers while he resided at Dothan? I see through a glass darkly.
Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-paneah, Savior of the age (Genesis 41:45), and that indeed was what happened. I too am a mere Gentile, but if Joseph prayed for his brothers’ eyes to be opened, I stand in agreement with that prayer. Let the eyes of the children of Israel be opened to behold Yeshua! I stand in agreement with the prayer of Elisha.
“O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.”
Open the eyes of Israel, dear Lord! Open their eyes. Amen.
A previous prayer for the conversion of the Jews may be found here.