Open My Eyes

Published on Jan 15th, 2015 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
Open My Eyes

Open My Eyes

I have been doing a lot of study and meditation on prayer lately.  I believe the Spirit of God has been teaching me many things.  One of the cool things I have noticed is how many short prayers there are in the Bible.  So many one or two sentence prayers that are said to God by those in need.  They are not flowery or bombastic but just a plea to God for what is on their heart.  I also have been made more aware of  the things God wants us to emphasize in prayer.  If you look at Luke 11 you will see that Jesus taught his disciples to worship him, ask for daily provisions, ask for forgiving hearts, and seek God’s guidance in living holy lives. Pretty basic stuff.

Still, I must admit that I was a bit jealous of other christians who had amazing stories of answered prayers.  As I listened to some folks they seemed to be in such direct communication with God that each day of their lives was a new adventure in the power of God. When I would speak to them the conversation seemed to boil down to the idea of having this amazing faith in what God would and could do.  I struggled with those conversations because Matthew says that if I had the faith the size of a mustard seed that I could tell a mountain to move and it would move.  That, to me, does not sound like things depend on my great faith but just that I would have a little faith…that I knew God had given me.  To be honest it was a little frustrating.

It was then that the Spirit led me to Psalm 119:18, “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law”.  The Psalmist knows that there are wondrous things in the Word of God.  He also knows that he will not be able to see them if God does not open his eyes to those wondrous truths.  I could relate to those truths.  I have often had God open my eyes to see amazing truths in the Word of God.  When I would share them with others they often could not see.  God had not opened their eyes to these truths yet.  Maybe that is what I was struggling with when it came to prayer?  It wasn’t that God wasn’t doing amazing things each day…he was…I was just not allowing God to open up my spiritual eyes to see them.  I was seeking to see each day through the lens of the Scriptures.  I was seeking to know his will each day but I found that I also needed to ask the Spirit of God to open my eyes, each day, to the work of God around me.  I needed to ask him to allow me to see just how God was shouting his glory through the heavens.  I wanted my eyes open to see how God was not only working each day in my life but in the lives of other people.  I knew the truth that God was the great provider each day in my life but I also needed eyes to see that provision as an answer to prayer each day.

I have just begun this journey and maybe in a while I will be like one of my crazy friends who is always talking about the power of God in answered prayers.  Maybe I will become one of those folks who prays because he lost his pen and then praising the Lord when he finds it.  Maybe I will stop being jealous and more full of joy.

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