MAY 30

Praying for Spiritual Eyes to See

Bible Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

Helen Keller was only two years old when an illness struck her blind and deaf.  Unable to communicate with the outside world her life was filled with unimaginable loneliness and despair.  Miss Anne Sullivan was brought to assist her and worked patiently to break through the darkness.  One day she and “Teacher”—as Helen always called her—went to the outdoor pump.  Miss Sullivan started to draw water and put Helen’s hand under the spout.  As the cool water gushed over one hand, she spelled into the other hand the word “w-a-t-e-r” first slowly, then rapidly.  Suddenly, the signals had meaning in Helen’s mind.  She knew that “water” meant the wonderful cool substance flowing over her hand.  Quickly, she stopped and touched the earth and demanded its letter name and by nightfall she had learned thirty words.  Helen later wrote of the experiences of that day: “As we continued to the house every object which I touched quivered with life.  That was because I saw everything with a strange, new sight that had come to me.  It would have been difficult to find a happier child than I was as I lay in my crib…and for the first time longed for a new day to come.” 

Whether you realize it or not, you owe any understanding of truth you now possess to the person of the Holy Spirit.  Were it not for Him in His illuminating work, you and I would be blind and deaf to spiritual truth.  Indeed, “we have received…the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12).  Just as the Spirit first worked to open your ears to the “word of truth, the gospel of your salvation,” so He has been at work ever since unveiling to you the glory of Jesus (Ephesians 1:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

Accordingly, Paul’s prayer in Ephesians chapter one is that we might be given a “Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened” that we might know certain things (Ephesians 1:17-19).  Three things are spoken of: 1) “the hope to which he has called you;” 2) “the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints;” and 3) “the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe” (Ephesians 1:18-19).  Each has to do with our relationship with Jesus (i.e., the hope we have in Him, the riches we possess in Him, and the power availed to us through Him).

Note the context of this prayer.  The preceding verses have to do with the manifold blessings we possess in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3-14).  Paul’s prayer is that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened to the realization of the very truths he was writing to them about.  He understood that it is necessary for the Spirit to work if truth is to be apprehended at the heart level.  We need to make a distinction between knowing a thing intellectually (i.e., being “booksmart”) and knowing a thing such that it works to affect a change in one’s heart and life.  That’s the kind of “knowing” Paul was praying for here.  And that’s the kind of knowing we each need. 

What Paul is saying here is that we are incredibly blessed in Jesus!  In Him, we possess a living hope, unsearchable riches, and immeasurable power.  It is the Spirit who bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, and it is the Spirit who unveils to us the full measure of God’s blessings to us as His children.  You are a child of the King!  And knowing that influences the way you live out your Christian life in this world.  And so, Paul prayed.  And so, we should pray.

“Spirit of God, My Teacher be, Showing the Things of Christ to Me”


Open my eyes that I may see
glimpses of truth thou hast for me.
Place in my hands the wonderful key
that shall unclasp and set me free.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my ears that I may hear
voices of truth thou sendest clear,
and while the wave notes fall on my ear,
ev’rything false will disappear.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my ears, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my mouth and let me bear
gladly the warm truth ev’rywhere.
Open my heart and let me prepare
love with thy children thus to share.
Silently now I wait for thee,
ready, my God, thy will to see.
Open my mouth, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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