That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know… (Eph 1:17-18).
Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:17).
Can you see the invisible? Can you do the impossible?
That’s what the next few days are all about. Are you ready!
Whether you feel discouraged right now and your life seems sluggish or gluggy, or whether you are travelling well, God’s Word can refresh you get you up and running.
In Paul’s day, people did not have a New Testament. They were reliant on spiritual insight and revelation. In the letter to the Ephesians, the apostle passed on to his readers the great truths that the Spirit had revealed to him. He prayed that God would open their eyes so they, too, would have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation (See also Col 1:9-12). Today, the New Testament is readily and freely available; but we still need the Holy Spirit to open our spiritual eyes so we can see what it is really saying. Like Elisha’s servant, we are surrounded by the forces of heaven, but we need spiritual insight to perceive them. We need to see the invisible.
During these next few days, as we deeply consider verses 11-23 of Ephesians 1, don’t be surprised if you grow increasingly thrilled with the wonders of what God has done for us in Christ. As your eyes are enlightened, so your heart will rejoice.
Pray that you will be filled with God’s Spirit as you read. Perhaps you have spiritual cataracts that make everything seem dull and grey. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a kind of celestial cataract surgery so everything will shine in brilliant, stunning colour. The invisible can be visible and the impossible can be possible.
And by the way, don’t leave off after the first couple of days. Stay with it right to the end of the chapter or you will miss out on the best bits!
1. Read 2 Kings 6:8-23.
2. Spiritual enlightenment comes from both Spirit and Word. The truth is in the Word. So pray as you read for the Spirit to give you new insight and understanding.