Prayer and True Sight

Ben Kampmeier

Read: Ephesians 1:15-21

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened . . . (v. 18 NIV)

Anyone who has ever worn glasses knows the difference between sight and true sight. I’ve worn glasses all of my life. When I was younger, I was embarrassed by them. I thought they made me look silly. I realized that as long as I remembered to wear my glasses on the way to and from school, my parents would be happy, and I could take them off at school to avoid any potential ridicule from my classmates. Over time, I became pretty confident navigating the blurry hallways, until one day when I walked right into a door post and had to endure all of the ridicule I tried to avoid in the first place!

Prayer can be like putting on supernatural glasses. A pair of such corrective lenses gives us true spiritual sight. Sometimes stopping to pray in the midst of a busy day can feel inconvenient—even for a pastor! However, our failure to pray has consequences, too.

This is why Paul prays that the eyes of our hearts will be enlightened. Paul knows it’s not helpful to walk around in the world with a blurry vision of God. Through prayer and by faith in Jesus, we can see God and ultimately see with true sight his finished work of redemption through Jesus (vv. 19-20). What if you made time today to “put on” the supernatural glasses of prayer? —Ben Kampmeier

Prayer God, forgive me for settling for anything less than true sight. Enlighten the eyes of my heart through prayer today. Amen.