Read: Ephesians 1:18-20
Pray: Lord, show me what I must see today;
Teach me what I must learn;
Tell me what I must do, and
Make me what I must be – your Image!
Beg the Lord to stop you from blindly stumbling through life! You will miss out on so much. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see the wonderful things in His Word (cf. Psalm 119:18 in The Living Bible). Pray that you will, like Steven, see God’s glory in your darkest hour (Acts 7:54-60). Pray that He will open your spiritual eyes so that you will live with the hope, expectation and power of the resurrected Jesus (cf. Ephesians 1:18 et seq.). Ask the Lord to open your eyes so that you will see His answers to your prayers.
Your eyes will open wider and you will see much more if you dwell before the throne asking the Lord to show you what you need to see today. You will start looking about expecting to see something. Like Jesus in Matthew 9 from verse 35, you will see more than a throng of people crowded together to receive a state pension. You will look closer and see their spiritual needs and their despair. You will see the need for farm workers to be trained. They want to learn more about marriage, raising children, finance, solving problems, handling conflict and farming. They also have dreams and ideals for their children, even though they sometimes struggle to express their dreams.
If you want the Lord to show you new things, you need to go where you haven’t gone before. I do not mean you need to go on expensive holidays or overseas trips. Cross the road, railway line or ditch separating the town from the township. Go to the rubbish dump and ask the Lord to speak to you there. Visit an orphanage or an old age home. Go to your worker’s homes or go on an outreach.
Perhaps the Lord wants to show you that not everyone who belongs to a particular race, church or group is the same. We are far too eager to generalise. Perhaps He wants to show you how foolish you are to base your hope and faith on material wealth which is so uncertain (cf. 1 Timothy 6:17). We are surrounded by examples but we do not see them. Perhaps He wants to show you how many people are afraid, unhappy and lonely in spite of their wealth.
I recently had the privilege of befriending a very special brown woman from the Northern Cape. She is from one of the little towns in which there is a great deal of spiritual and physical poverty. During one of our conversations, she made the following statement: When the Lord raises my income, it isn’t so that I can raise my lifestyle but to raise my contribution towards relieving the suffering of those around me. Through her, the Lord again showed me how selfish we often are. We are always busy raising our style of life instead of our quality of life. We do so without asking Him why He has given us so much.
The problems in agriculture are clear. But, if you pray this prayer regularly, the Lord will also show you His solution to these complicated problems. He will show you what you can do to help solve them (cf. 1 Chronicles 12:32 and Jeremiah 33:3).
Prayer: Lord, thank you for my eyes. May they never lead me into sin. (Job 31:1 and 1 John 2:16) Open my eyes to see everything You show me. I do not want to miss a thing, Lord.
Dwell before the throne with this morning prayer for your spouse, children, employees or employer. Dwell there, clothed in the righteousness and holiness of Jesus. Pray in His Name knowing that the Father will hear you. Thank Him for it in advance.
Pray for Africa: Focus on the agricultural community of Guinea-Bissau and Guinea, and Gambia and Senegal in West Africa.