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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Wednesday, May 25, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Ephesians 1:15–23

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. (NRSV)

Reflection
When the eyes of our hearts are enlightened, we know something with our inner senses about things that are beyond this material world. The physical senses can show us physical things, but the eyes of the heart show us things like hope and love.

Though we may see each other’s form with our physical eyes and hear each other’s voices with our physical ears, we love each other when the information we gather by the physical senses gets filtered through the heart.

Paul’s prayer tells us that we know God through the eyes of our heart. As we draw close to God, he says, we may experience revelation and gain wisdom that enlightens the heart. This experience comes to us through our trust in Jesus and through our love for each other, whom Paul calls “the saints.”

Paul says the church is the body of Christ. That means we are Christ’s hands and feet, actively going into and serving God’s world. But it also means that we are Christ’s heart.

Prayer
God of grace, enlighten our hearts with your love. Join the heart of Christ Jesus to each of our hearts, so that we may reflect the light of your love into the world. Amen.

Written by Nanette Sawyer, Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Small Group Ministry

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