Monday, July 30, 2012

“Open His Eyes”

    “When the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?  And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (II Kings 6:15-17).

     One of the best prayers born again believers can pray for each other echoes Elisha’s prayer for his servant – “Open his eyes, that he may see.”  The Apostle Paul offered such an intercession for Christians in the New Testament.

      “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:15-18).

     Paul proceeded to request that the Ephesian believers might see the hope, riches and power they possessed in the risen Christ.  Again, we can pray few better prayers for others, and we can hope for few better prayers for ourselves, as prayed by others.  The encouraged believer will likely be a faithful believer who avails himself of the abundant life of Christ that indwells our spirits.  Indeed, Paul called Philemon to a challenging act of obedience  “by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” (Philemon 1:6).  The more our eyes are opened to God’s freely given “unsearchable riches of Christ,” the more our heart, hands, and feet are likely to live accordingly.

     Let us pray for each other, “Open his eyes, that he may see.”  Much grace known, received, and applied will result, and the enormity of Christ’s salvation will shine forth from us for the glory of God and the blessing of others.

“Awake to righteousness and sin not.”
(I Corinthians 15:34)

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