Read: Ephesians 1:18 -19
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, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
As Paul worked with the people of Ephesus, he knew far better than even they what powers of darkness they were up against. This was a community steeped in the occult. Clinton E. Arnold says of Ephesus in his book, “Powers of Darkness”, “This place was the center for magical powers…the spirit world exercised influence over virtually every aspect of life.” Without revelation and spiritual insight there would be no breakthroughs here. So Paul prayed for “The eyes of their hearts to be enlightened.” Literally, that God would give them light, photizo in the Greek New Testament. They needed just what many of us need each day, God’s light to shine on our darkness. The enemy loves to shroud us, to cloak us in darkness so we are blind to his works and ways. Jesus on the other hand is called “The light of the world.”
John 1:4-5,9 tells us that, “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.”
Paul was praying that Jesus’ supernatural power would shine into the eyes of the hearts of those lost in the darkness in this town of Ephesus. Paul knew that if Jesus’ light shone in the darkness it would literally “enlighten” them, allowing them to see the darkness for what it is, death. The word photizo has two primary meanings in the Greek language. The first is to shine, to bring light on a situation. The second is to make known, Jesus’ light is revealing. When it shines, it reveals and makes known the darkness of the Satanic realm. When we pray for others we need to pray as Paul did for eyes in their hearts to see the darkness for what it is.
It was prophesied of Jesus in the Old Testament that the Messiah would be a light to the nations. Isaiah 42:6 and 49:6 both declare it and in the New Testament Jesus plainly stated in John 8:12, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” The contrast between the light and the darkness is crucial here. “He who follows me…the light…will not walk in the darkness.” Hell’s way will be destroyed by Jesus’ light. Paul fully got this when he was praying for those lost in darkness in Ephesus. They needed light to see the trap, the snare that had enslaved their lives and Jesus was that light.
Father, teach me to open to Jesus and His light in my life and circumstances. I pray that you would enlighten the eyes of my heart so that I will recognize the work of the enemy around me.