Open our Hearts, Lord
“Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”
He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures
Reading the bible can seem daunting, boring, pointless, difficult, incomprehensible. There are times when the words on the pages seem to mesh together into a big ball of mushy thees, thous, begats, and verilys.
That is, until the Lord opens our minds. Then we see Him who the entire bible speaks about. “You search the Scriptures…and it is they that bear witness about me,” Jesus said in John 5:39. And Romans 3 says that the righteousness of God which comes through faith in Jesus Christ is witnessed by all the law and prophets. The entire bible is about Christ: his life, death, resurrection, glory, His people, their salvation…. Christ is all in all.
But we will not benefit from the scriptures unless the eyes of our mind are opened and unless He reveals Himself to us through His Spirit.
- 1 Corinthians 2:11-14; “For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”
So let us pray to Him. He has opened our minds initially for salvation and our minds remain open. He will continue opening our minds as we grow in our relationship with Him. This is the best kind of open mindedness we can have: an open heart to know the Lord through His word.
- Psalms 119:18; “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”
- Ephesians 1:16-23; “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked 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 one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
- Ephesians 3:14-21; “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
- Colossians 1:9-12; “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.”