Friday, August 29, 2014
Pray To Be Enlightened
EPHESIANS 1:18 NIV
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
There is much we don't know.
In fact, the most spiritual among us has only glimpsed a part of God's plan. The Apostle Paul said that he only "knew in part."
So, with the Apostle Paul we should pray that "the eyes of our heart may be enlightened." For ourselves, and for others, too.
If study alone was the answer, those who have studied the Bible the most would have the most faith, and would be doing the most exploits in God's name. Often, the opposite is true.
Thank God for scholarship, but that is not the total answer.
The Bible is a living message given by a living Author. Fellowship with God and illumination from Him are necessary for true understanding of the Bible.
Our prayer needs to be that of the Psalmist.
PSALM 119:18 NKJ
18 Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.
You may have wondered why you see some things clearly in the Bible that your friends or loved ones seem blinded to.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 NIV
4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
The answer is that, somehow, our hearts and minds need opened or illuminated by God. This is a reason, and a way, to pray for your unsaved loved ones.
ACTS 16:14 NIV
14 One of those listening was a woman named Lydia . . . The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.
SAY THIS: Lord, open my eyes and give me understanding of all that you have for me to know.
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