Taken from Ephesians 1:18 in the New Living Translation, the Verse of the Day for November 1, 2016 is actually part of the introduction to a prayer, an expression of God’s desire for His people:
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.
The Amplified Bible states it this way:
18 And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people),
This portion of the prayer reveals God’s desire to enlighten us and illuminate our lives by means of the spirit of wisdom and revelation. We recognize the power of light to dispel darkness and facilitate change. Indeed, light serves a remarkable change agent. Striking a single match will instantly dispel the thickest darkness. How much more are we enlightened when the eyes of our heart are flooded with light?
God also expresses His desire regarding how believers should conduct their lives and provides a striking contrast as to how His people should not live in Ephesians 4:17-18, further revealing the consequences of having our understanding “darkened” instead of being enlightened:
Ephesians 4:17-18 (NLT):
[Living as Children of Light] 17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him.
We recall that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. We are also commanded to “Walk in the light, as He is in the light.” The Verse of the Day also brings to mind the words of the hymn “Open My Eyes that I Might See” which is, in essence, a prayer expressed in song. The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano:
We conclude with Scripture Release offering a musical rendering of this compelling prayer from Ephesians 1:18-23: