Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 24, 2015

July 24, 2015 “Presbyopia”

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,  and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 1: 18-19)

Good Morning Good Friends!

I am of an age that I have developed a condition known as “presbyopia”. Presbyopia causes a lengthening of the arms when reading!  I have to hold the book further away from my eyes to read what is on the page! What that really means is that my eyes can’t focus  the way they did when I was young and I require  some sort of help in order to see more clearly that which I am reading. In layman’s terms…my eyesight is a little out of whack! That is a condition easily correctable with inexpensive reading glasses. The “eyes of the heart” are another matter. They require something much more important than cheap reading glasses in order to see clearly. The eyes of the heart need more light which is available through prayer…sometimes our own, and sometimes the prayers of another. In the case of the Ephesians, it is Paul who is praying for this “enlightenment” to come to the eyes of the hearts of his flock. It is Paul’s prayer that the eyes of their hearts be enlightened “so that (they) may know the hope of his calling. Specifically, that call was to “the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of his power toward those who believe.”  The “hope” to which Paul refers is more than some vague feeling that the future will be positive.  Rather, it is a complete assurance of sure and certain victory through Christ. This complete victory comes to us through the Holy Spirit at work in us. Such certainty casts out fear. We live in a fearful time…fear of terrorism, fear of financial ruin, fear of sickness and disease, fear of rejection, fear of ruin…yet we belong to the God who not only spoke the world into being, but who also raised Christ from the dead! God’s incomparably great power is available to help us in these most troubling of times. There is nothing too difficult for him. May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened, too, that we not suffer the affliction of “spiritual presbyopia,” but that we may know and truly live out the certainty of that hope. Let’s pray!

Most merciful and gracious Lord; Our prayer today is that you would open the eyes of our hearts that we would truly come to know the richness of our inheritance in You, and the surpassing greatness that is Yours…greatness which we desire to experience each day and to testify to in thought, word, and deed. Our hope is in you alone, O Lord, and our prayers lifted up in the great Name of your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!

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