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Open Our Eyes, God

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Open Our Eyes, God

I know I am a fallible human being. I readily admit that. I also readily acknowledge that I’m just a very young one, compared to God. I am so young. I feel really blind, sometimes, too.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer had a fascinating insight. He said God sometimes makes us blind in order to see God’s Word. Then, God “opens my blind eyes, and I see what otherwise I could never have recognized, that God’s law is full of wonders.” [1]

Open my eyes, that I may see,

The wonders of Your Law.

Just a small portion of the Hebrew Scriptures were the wonderful Law that was spoken of in Psalm 119. But, I have access to a lot more than just that portion. When God causes me to greatly desire His Word, I have access to many more wonders and riches now. All of the Hebrew Scriptures plus the New Testament?

“It is, in fact, the one who has glanced at the wonders of God’s law who knows how blind he still is and how much he needs his eyes to be opened in order not to sink back into total darkness.” [2]

Oh, yes. I am still very young, very blind, and very much in need of God’s Law and God’s Light in my life. Dear Lord, please help me to fully acknowledge my shortcomings. I do not wish to perish in my blindness.

Gracious God, open my eyes.

@chaplaineliza

 

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[1] Meditating on the Word, Dietrich Bonhöffer, edited by David McI. Gracie. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Cowley Publications, 2000, 125.

[2] Ibid, 126.

Who is The Son of David? Center, Focus.

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Who is The Son of David? Center, Focus.

I was drawn to the Name of God “Son of David.” It comes from one of my most favorite Gospel passages. So, you better believe I chose it for Centering Prayer. My Name of God for today is Son of David.

There are a number of places in the New Testament where this Name is used to designate Jesus, but I can never forget Mark 10:47. In Jericho, Blind Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Because of his persistence and noise-making, Bartimaeus was healed. Jesus did indeed have mercy upon him.

Son of David. Designated as the Name of God. I was able to get down to centering with little trouble. I was even able to keep my mind (mostly) centered and focused on “Son of David.” In my mind, I saw Bartimaeus sitting by the side of the road. (But I did not hear him cry out. Just saw him sitting there. As if in a documentary.)

I couldn’t help but think of the miracle of sight that Jesus brought to Bartimaeus. How am I blind, today? In what ways? How are the other believers blind, today? Where are they short-sighted? How much do we need a touch from the Messiah, the Son of David.

How many blind, deaf and otherwise disabled people did Bartimaeus know? Why was he the chosen to be healed over another blind or deaf or other disabled person? Dear Lord, gracious Son of David, I won’t be able to know or understand. But I thank You for Bartimaeus and his bold witness to You and Your Messianic Name. Touch me. Heal my blindness and short-sightedness, today. Thank You, dear Messiah Jesus.

@chaplaineliza

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