By Superintendent St. John
“And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19 AMP
As I read the above portion of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, I found myself praying that the Holy Spirit would do the same thing in each of our hearts. How wonderful it would be to gain a deeper understanding of the “immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power” at work in us and through us. It would cause us to walk with renewed confidence and expectation.
This truth becomes more clear when you read this portion of Scripture from The Message translation: “I...ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory - to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing Him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is He is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life He has for His followers, oh, the utter extravagance of His work in us who trust Him - endless energy, boundless strength!”
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians seems to have an additional layer of meaning for those God has called into full time service. The only way we can “see exactly what it is He is calling us to do” is to keep our eyes focused on Him so we can see past those things that often block our vision.
Circumstances, lack of resources, insecurities, negative thinking patterns, and at times even our own lack of energy, all have a way of keeping us from seeing “exactly what it is He is calling” us to do.
Paul wanted his readers to move beyond such tendencies and obstacles. He prayed their spiritual eyes would be illuminated, allowing them to see through the confusion. He desired they not fall prey to discouragement. He prayed they would not look at their place in life as small or mundane but would grasp the “immensity of this glorious way of life” that God could give them. This would enable them to tap into the endless energy and boundless strength of God instead of their own.
May the Holy Spirit illuminate the “eyes of our hearts” that we may each grasp these truths more fully!
Clarence St. John