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The Living Bible: Open my eyes to see wonderful things in your Word.
Young’s Literal: Uncover mine eyes, and I behold wonders out of Thy law.
This is a simple but powerful prayer for spiritual illumination, asking God by His Spirit to remove the scales from our natural, spiritually blind eyes, that we might see and receive supernatural truth. Spiritual truth cannot be apprehended in a natural way, but requires a supernatural means.
Pastor Donald Williams writes: “God must open us up and show us His wondrous things (Ps 119:18). Apart from this, in the words of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, “I’m a little too blind to see.”
Pastor Tony Evans writes: “When the Spirit takes “spiritual words,” the Word of God, and combines them with “spiritual thoughts,” a mind and a heart in tune with God, the result is divine illumination. When you combine a spiritually receptive mind with the Word, you have dynamite on your hands. That’s because “he who is spiritual appraises all things” (1Cor 2:15) since he has “the mind of Christ” (1Cor 2:16). This is the key to illumination. Having the mind of Christ is having your spiritual antenna pointed in the direction of the Holy Spirit’s signal. When you are properly attuned, you will understand more things and make more sense out of life than you ever thought possible.” “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Thy law.”
Pastor James Montgomery Boice states: “If we want to see wonderful things in the Scriptures, it is not enough for us merely to ask God to open our eyes that we might see them. We must also study the Bible carefully. The Holy Spirit is given not to make our study unnecessary but to make it effective.”
Lord Jesus, open my eyes, and grant me wisdom to see and understand the wonderful truths in your law! Let me never take your Word for granted. Help me to treasure it and meditate on it day and night. I want to delight in your Word, to obey it, and to commit myself to walking in the light it provides. I praise you that your Word lights the path at my feet so that I don’t have to wander in the darkness. Guide me today with your wonderful Word. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.