The Verse of the Day for November 16, 2016 offers a prayer request expressed in Psalm 119:18:
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
A corresponding petition is found in Lamentations 3:23
Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things that you do not know.
Most providentially, the Verse of the Day for November 1 was taken from Ephesians 1:18 (KJV):
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Actually, verse 18 is part of a prayer, an expression of God’s desire for His people written by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1: 14-23. Verses 17-18 are part of the introduction, as indicated in the Amplified Bible:
17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
These two verses were the inspiration, in part, for the following
The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation
Ephesians 1:17-18 (AMP)
God gives the Spirit of wisdom and revelation
That we might know Him and experience His great love,
Striving to know more fully total restoration
That flows from the wisdom that descends from above.
We walk as the wise, not as foolish ones who would rebel,
But we choose to pursue God and do whatever it takes.
We make choices, knowing what will attract, what will repel,
For each life mirrors a lifetime of choices that one makes.
We do not shun the Lord’s reproof but embrace correction.
God wants us to know the hope of His calling in this hour,
The riches of His heritage and greatness of His power.
We press toward the mark, to reach ultimate perfection.
God floods the eyes of our understanding that we might see,
As we seek intimacy of the highest degree.
The verses from Ephesians 1, along with the previously cited verses, bring to mind lyrics of a number of songs which, in essence, are similar prayers expressed in music. We conclude with a medley of three such related songs by the Maranatha Singers:
Open our Eyes/Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus/Open My Eyes, that I May See.
Not only is our prayer to God like those expressed in Psalm 119:18 and Jeremiah 33:3: that God will enlighten and illuminate our lives, but we also recognize that God’s prayer for us is the same: that by means of the spirit of wisdom and revelation, that the eyes of our heart may be flooded with light, as is expressed so powerfully in Ephesians 1.This is our prayer today and every day.