Ephesians 1:18 - I pray also that you will have greater understanding in your heart so you will know the hope to which he has called us and that you will know how rich and glorious are the blessings God has promised his holy people.
This prayer is a part of Paul's epistle that he sent to the believers of Jesus Christ at the church of Ephesus.
"Heart" that is referenced by The Apostle Paul in this text means "mind." The place where every thought and every decision is made. The center and seat of spiritual life, "the soul or mind, as it is the foundation and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes and endeavors."
Paul's prayer is that the scales or blinders which was blocking their understanding of the christian hope be removed from the minds of the Saints at the church of Ephesus so that they will receive greater understanding of the hope to which God has called them and that they will know how rich and glorious are the promised blessings or inheritance for those that believe in Christ Jesus who is our hope of glory.
One can physically see and still be blinded to the truth of God's Word in their mind, causing them to live a habitual life of willful sin without any thought of it ever being morally wrong in the eyes of God.
Paul prays for the "eyes" of their mind to be opened. This tells me that their spiritual eyes were blinded. They were not comprehending spiritual things. Why? Their minds were so filled with the things of this world that will one day be left behind.
Apostle Paul knows what it is like to have physical sight and still be blind. Prior to his conversion on the road to Damascus, he went about persecuting and murdering Christians and believing in his mind that he was doing the right thing until the light of Christ shined on him that day from heaven. Having seen that light, scripture declares this experience in Acts 9:9- And Saul arose from the earth, his eyes were opened.
Paul too was once blinded to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that is why he was so passionate about seeing the blinders removed from the eyes of those saints at Ephesus who now had the same blinded eyes that once lead him around in the dark.
I am sure everyone of us knows someone, either friend, family member, coworker, spouse, child, neighbor, cousin, church brother or sister who is walking around with blinders over their mind's eyes. Therefore, we must pray! We must intercede on their behalf and pray as Paul prayed for God to "open the eyes of their hearts" so that they may see what God sees.
The call today is to walk (live a life) in the light (Christ). 1 John 1:5-7-This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6-If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7-but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
When the light of Christ comes shining in, you will have new vision. The eyes of your heart will gladly accept the Gospel it once rejected and the road your blinded mind once travel will come to a dead end.
Lord, open the eyes of our heart so that we may see what you see. Allow our minds to comprehend the ways of light so that we may know the hope to which you have called us and that we may know how rich and glorious are the promises you have made concerning your people through Christ Jesus who is our hope of eternal glory.
Thank you Lord for opening the eyes of our hearts. We can see clearly now that the light has been turned on in our minds through the teaching and preaching of your Gospel.
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