WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light
so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called.”
Ephesians 1:18 (NLT)
POWERFUL PRAYERS: LORD, HELP ME KNOW MY SERVICE TO YOU WILL BE WORTH IT
Robert Morgan wrote, back in the days of CD players, “Recently when my CD player died, I asked a friend to look at it. ‘I think the needle is broken,’ I told him. ‘CD players don’t have needles,’ he said, laughing. ‘They use laser beams to read songs encoded on the disk. The eye on yours is dusty.’ He cleaned it and the problems disappeared. In his prayer for the Ephesians, Paul asked God to enlighten their eyes so they could better understand the message encoded in His Word.”
Paul wanted his readers to clearly see the hope they had in Christ. He wanted them to know it will all be worth it in the end. Those for whom Paul is praying were once “spiritually blind” walking around in “spiritual darkness” as he reminded them of later in his writing that “you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (Eph 5:8).”
Lawrence Richards has said, “One way to build our own prayer lives, and to direct our intercession for others, is to model our prayers on those found in Scripture. Here we see a prayer Paul offered with the intention of strengthening Christ’s church.” Pray for Christians close to you to see that their work for God is not in vain.
Praise God for opening your eyes spiritually. Thank God for giving you the gift of hope in your work for Him.