I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 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, 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, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)
I ask God] to give you the Spirit, who will…reveal God to you…I ask that yourmindsmay be opened to see his light. [Ephesians 1: 17-18]
An old Dakota cowboy told a reporter that he could predict weather better than electronic equipment. “You must use your eyes and look at God’s radar. Furry calves mean early winter; hairy caterpillars signal hard winter; gophers nestling in prairie grass mean rain.” Then the old cowboy paused and mused, “I don’t think we see anymore.”
What the cowboy said about physical vision has always been true of spiritual vision. It is for “spiritual vision” that Paul prays the Ephesians be given the Holy Spirit.
What do I understand by spiritual vision? What “spiritual glasses” might I put on to improve my spiritual vision?
Vision without work is a dream; work without vision is drudgery;
Vision with work is a dawn – new hope and a new day. [Anonymous]
—Excerpted from Mission, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, we pray for your Spirit of wisdom as we come to know you. We ask that our whole being be enlightened so we come to know the hope that you so much desire for us. And, Lord, we believe that the immeasurable greatness of your power will be our gift as we align our purpose with your will.
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