A Prayerful New Year

“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.”

Ephesians 1:18,19 (ESV)

It’s 2015. How crazy is that? Where are the hover boards now? My Back to the Future II humor for those that get it.

I have had the verse above sitting on my desk where I write for the last six weeks or so and continue to ruminate on it. As this new year begins, which for some may be a continuation of things from last year or  even a completely new beginning, I pray this over us all.

That our hearts may be enlightened. I don’t think we I ask for that nearly enough. In fact I think I like to reject having my heart enlightened much of the time, better to occupy myself with my own thoughts rather than God’s or others. (am I right?!) But that changes as I begin praying that the eyes of my heart, of your hearts, are enlightened in this new year. That we would be more focused on learning and pursuing other things rather than our own self interests.

Why?

Well so that we can find the hope which we have been called to by Him. He beckons us with a hope that shouts, whispers, empathizes, encourages, and dreams. He plans with His hope, this hope that nudges at us at times, while at others it down right lands in our laps with such fervor and surprise. It’s an individualized and central hope, both and the same. It’s a hope only you could recognize when your heart is open and knowledgeable to His call.

What for?

That our hearts would see and know and understand the riches of our inheritance. Inheritance as we are becoming what He has called us to, a saintly priesthood. Loving brothers and sisters in Christ. The church. All of the above. We have an eternal inheritance, that came at the promise to Abraham and continues today in each of those sanctified in Him. It is fulfilled in our work, in what we do as to God. While we do not work to be sanctified or to obtain this inheritance, as it’s freely given by Him, we continue on in pursuing that call of hope knowing there are riches of saintly inheritance for us in Him.

But how?

Through His incomparably great power. Not through anything we strive for, nor through others. No, our hearts get wise to what He has called us to and the inheritance that awaits not by our own means but through His strength and might. We are a weak people, not meant to accomplish anything of our doing. That power rests and reigns in Him. We believe in that, we hope in that, and we allow it to fill us to accomplish the work He has given us to do. Not that we may be idle or use it for dubious means, but that He may receive the glory.

After all, we are merely clay pots to be filled by the One Who created us in His image. Knowing that we have time ahead as we start a new year to be filled with His power to grow in wisdom of our hearts and truly hear the hope called out to us? That’s some pretty joy-filled things to see on January 1. It’s a daunting prayer to pray over this year, but why not this year? Why not today? Why not this moment?

May your hearts be enlightened to know the hope He has called you, the riches of His inheritance for you and His great power for you as you believe in Him this year.

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