by Verena Johnson
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‘I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you’ (Ephesians 1:18).
Don’t just skim over this amazing verse. Read the verse once more, slowly, and soak up the words. (I’m not just saying that because this is one of my favourite prayers in the Bible.) Hear Paul’s prayer for you.
When you look around with your human eyes, you certainly see a fallen world. You see the struggles that many of us have faced and continue to face during this unprecedented year. You see an uncertain future in terms of the new normal that we are all navigating at the moment.
I have 20/20 vision when it comes to distance and driving, but when I try to see something close or read a book, it all becomes blurry. It’s so easy to have 20/20 vision when we look at the things that we are struggling with. It’s so easy that it can blur what the eyes of our heart should be seeing.
When God enlightens or opens the eyes of your heart to what he has done and is doing, you see something completely different.
You see the hope he has called you to. A hope that is sure and certain, regardless of your circumstances, the world around you, or the ‘normal’ you find yourself living in.
You see the richness of the inheritance that God has for you. He made us for far more than this world. He made us for something truly glorious. There is no uncertainty about that either.
You see his incomparably great power for you. The same power that created the universe and raised Jesus from the dead.
Ask God to enlighten the eyes of your heart, and practise ‘seeing’ with them in the midst of this life. Pray Paul’s prayer …
Dear God, I pray that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened so that I may know the hope to which you have called me, the riches of the glorious inheritance you have given me, and your incomparably great power for me. Amen.