3. Paul prays for eyes of the heart to be open- v. 18
Besides getting to know God better, Paul desires that his readers have the light of the Lord God open the eyes of their hearts to “the hope to which they were called.” Paul called unto God to “enlighten” the eyes of their hearts. In the darkness of this world God’s light can shine upon each of His children to know through His revelation and wisdom, how to live and walk so that the darkness does not prevail. Paul shares in that passage of chapter 6 which we looked at last week, how to stand against the evil of the darkness of satan. We have been enlightened by His Spirit to God’s purpose and plan for us in spite of what satan has planned.
Each of us who are saved have been granted the hope of God. That hope is not like the world “hopes” the wishing all will go well and just not knowing, but Paul is saying the hope of God is the true assurance that the things of God and His words are true and will come to pass with victory for the children of God and the glory of the Father.
The world lives on false hope; even those around you who do not know God are living in a hope given to them by things and “stuff” that can not last and from people, who have no truth as their foundation. What is the temperature of the world today? Wars and more wars and impending doom, sorrow and tragedies left and right. There is no hope for some people and the world, in general, seems to be a hopeless place too.
How does the Christian live in this kind of world? Paul knew the people of his day lived in a world much like ours, and without Christ there was no hope, and people who were in power did not live a life or rule with truth and righteousness.
Regardless of how lost one is, if you pray for them, that their lives will be touched by the light of the Holy Spirit so that the darkness can be rolled back, then God will touch those for whom you pray.