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.
Because God has chosen to partner with people on earth to build His Kingdom, it makes sense that Satan would do all he can to thwart the people of God and their partnership with their Father, especially when it comes to their prayer life and their intercession for others. Paul entered into his relationship with the people of Ephesus knowing that without God’s revelation in their hearts and lives he would get nowhere. So he starts by asking for their hearts to be open to the light of the Father rather than the darkness of hell that they were so often occupied with.
Asking for the eyes of your heart to be enlightened is vital to spiritual growth. Paul clearly tied Jesus’ light shining on us to our revelation of His goodness and power. Only when we are enlightened in our hearts can we really know the hope of His calling, the riches of His glory and the surpassing greatness of His power toward us as believers.
The light brings revelation, the spiritual insight into His inheritance for each of us as believers. He has given each of us a huge inheritance, an inheritance that includes establishing the Kingdom of God in the lives of as many as possible. An inheritance that includes the authority to push back darkness as Luke 10:19 states, “…The authority…over all the power of the enemy.” But many of us never enforce the authority we have been given over the works of hell. We cower at Satan’s relentless onslaught against us and our families when the spiritual reality is we have been given the surpassing greatness of His power. We need Him to shine on us and open the eyes of our hearts to see our reality in the spiritual realm. Only then will we begin to move in the authority and power that Jesus has given to His people.
Paul moved in the authority Jesus imparted to him and that is why he was able to spread the gospel throughout the known world and defeat darkness time and time again. His prayers for those in Ephesus obviously succeeded because we are told in Acts 19:17-20,
“This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified.18 Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. 19 And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.”
Jesus wants to use each of us in our journey, in our world, to thwart hell and the enemy’s plans to destroy people. Today, yield to His Spirit and invite Him to open wide the eyes of your heart.
Father, please impart the faith to me that I need to believe that as you moved in Paul you will move in me and in my prayers for others.