Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord

17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. - Ephesians 1:17-19

 

Each Martin Luther King Jr day, I spend a bit of time considering where I come from. I come from good, honorable, and Christian people. But I am very aware that my ancestors who were contemporaries with Dr. King did not see things the way he did.

I can remember speaking to a family member who is now in his late seventies. He told me that he remembers different drinking fountains and bathrooms and seating for whites and for blacks. As he spoke to me, I could see the sadness in his eyes. He tried to explain that he had no idea how wrong it was at the time. It was just the way things were.

That story is a stark reminder to me that we don’t always see things clearly. Clear vision is not something we are born with. Clear vision comes as we come to know Jesus. That is why Paul prayed for us the prayer from our text for today. That is why we are encouraged to pray these Scriptures for ourselves and our world.

Let us pray together Paul’s prayer that the eyes of our heart will be enlightened. Let us know the hope to which we have been called. Let us discover the glorious inheritance of being sons and daughters of God. Let us move in the immeasurable greatness of his power for us. This that we might clearly see and clearly work in our world in the love, peace, and power of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus, open the eyes of our hearts to begin to see ourselves the way that you see us. Confront the many untruths that we have believed about ourselves. Free us into our glorious inheritance in you. In the same way, help us to see our world through your eyes. Reveal the places where we need to confess and be reconciled to one another. Show us the places we need to correct the injustices we have not recognized. Make a way for us to live in your power toward your good purposes for all of creation. In Jesus’ name, amen.