October 25 – 35 Prayers in the Bible – Paul

Read Ephesians 1:15-23

“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You.
To see You high and lifted up
Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy.”

This wonderful song was written by Paul Baloche, based on Ephesians 1. It was recorded and made known by Michael W. Smith and it has a life message for all of us.

I used to listen to Sonic Flood sing it at a high volume on earphones as I jogged or walked. (That may also be why I wear hearing aids now.) But it is inspiring to me to contemplate in Ephesians 1 how the eyes of your heart may refer to understanding and awareness of faith in Jesus Christ and our love of others. And also hopefully that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give us wisdom. The open eyes of my heart can give me understanding of the scriptures, awareness of what I can do as a Christian to love God, to love others and to comprehend the amazing gift of wisdom. But to accomplish this, I must open my eyes, listen to God and listen to the needs of others. I have 2 ears and one mouth. The art of listening requires not always talking. I NEED PATIENT LISTENING TO OPEN THE EYES OF MY HEART. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit and a Christian virtue that God prizes highly from Galatians 5. It seems to be best developed under trials (Romans 5:3-4).

To open the eyes of my heart may also mean for me to thank God in all circumstances and to make more intelligent, discerning decisions in knowing him personally. I can keep my eyes focused and clear so I can see exactly how He is calling me to live.

To open the eyes of my heart may also mean for me to grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life for his followers and the extravagance of his work in us who trust Him. It can give us strength and energy.

Let us all shine in the light of His glory.

Tom Weckesser

21 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE

For the full challenge, go here!

Day 5:  Start a prayer list or use an app like Echo to keep track of requests, praises and answers to prayer! Pray through your list today.

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