Today I want to shed some more light on light.
When I was in high school I read a book that suggested turning the prayers in Ephesians 1 and Ephesians 3 into prayers that you pray over yourself. I thought it was a pretty good idea so I got some note cards and copied down the scriptures replacing all of the “yous” with the word “I”. I kept them in my car and would pray them on my way to school everyday.
Ephesians 1:18 was part of what I wrote down, I pray that my heart will be flooded with light so that I can understand the confident hope God has given to me and the riches of his glorious inheritance.
The New Kings James says, I pray that the eyes of your understanding being enlightened…
The eye is to the body what the mind is to the soul. Our human eyes only function properly if they let light in. A room could be lit up with the brightest of lights, but if your eye isn’t capable of letting light in you won’t see a thing. The eyes of our understanding have to have light to see as well. They can’t see or discern the things of God if they are in the dark.
God doesn’t want you in the dark. He wants the eyes of your understanding to be more and more enlightened all of the time. He doesn’t want His word to bore you or confuse you. He doesn’t want super spiritual things to freak you out. He doesn’t want you to not be able to recognize His voice. Paul didn’t want any of those thing for the people of Ephesus either, so he prayed that they would have greater illuminations and for more and more spiritual light.
With all of the writing and studying I’ve done over the past 150 days I feel like my heart has experienced this flooding with light. I’m getting more out of the word than I ever have before and hearing God’s voice more clearly than I ever have before. It seems as if someone came along and cleaned off all of the fingerprints that were on the eye glasses of my understanding, it’s awesome. But I know there’s more. There’s always more. We will never get to a place where we don’t need to ask god to enlighten the eyes of our understanding.
I encourage you as you open up your Bible, before you sit down to listen to a message or spend time with God to pray Ephesians 1:18 over yourself, “that ye may experimentally and delightfully know what are the blessings which God has called you to hope for by his word and his spirit.” (Wesley)
- The Ephesians prayers.
- The book Josh gave me that taught me to pray those… I think it was by Kenneth Hagin.
- God doesn’t want to keep us in the dark.
- When we let light in we find out about the things God has for us, our calling, our inheritance.
- Streamed some awesome worship at Gateway SLK this morning while I was getting ready.
- Very full class of 5 years old this morning at church!
- Great team of volunteers to work with.
- Got to teach the kids about Jesus, our healer.
- Gus let me play Nintendo with him this afternoon.
- I still got some skills.
- Josh really has some skills. He blew my mind a few times with how many 1ups he got in about 30 seconds.
- Leftovers for dinner.
- Snuggling on the couch and spending some time with Josh before he had to go back to church.
- Play place at McDonalds.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Gus and Beau got to spend some time with their friends Zoe & Katlin.
- I got to spend some time with my friend Anna.
- Gus is so sweet with little babies.
- Quiet evening to myself.
- Getting caught up on all of my end of the year work stuff.
- Working from the couch!
- “Walls” Man, I LOVE this song from Love Expressed.
- Reading bedtime stories with my clean, sweet smelling children huddled around me.
- Gus’ prayers for his future siblings.
- The honor I’ve been given to pray for my kids every night before bed.
- Beau can recognize when a song is a worship song and she will lift her dimpled little hands to Jesus.
- Time to Pee by Mo Willems. Getting Beau excited about Potty Training in a few weeks.