Often when I think and speak of my blessed Savior I cannot help but describe him in metaphors of “Heart” language, for that is where I sense him most. And I notice also throughout His word, that He too delights in the use of this metaphoric “Heart” language.
I was thinking how it was that he first pursued my heart ~ and now, all I desire to do is pursue His own. So delightful is this Sovereign Savior~ He makes me smile in his joy ~
So we first ask that he create in us a clean heart, a pure heart. (Psalm 51:10) Then we ask that he open the eyes of that heart, for it is our deepest desire to fully see Him. Our soul so longingly desires the fullness of his righteousness in the opening of our hearts to see His own.
So it is that we pray to know the mystery of his will…
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the 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……” (Ephesians 1:17-18)
God has laid up spiritual blessings for us in his Son the Lord Jesus; but requires us to draw them out and fetch them in by prayer. Even the best Christians need to be prayed for: and while we hear of the welfare of Christian friends, we should pray for them. Even true believers greatly want heavenly wisdom. Are not the best of us unwilling to come under God’s yoke, though there is no other way to find rest for the soul? Do we not for a little pleasure often part with our peace? And if we dispute less, and prayed more with and for each other, we should daily see more and more what is the hope of our calling, and the riches of the Divine glory in this inheritance. It is desirable to feel the mighty power of Divine grace, beginning and carrying on the work of faith in our souls. But it is difficult to bring a soul to believe fully in Christ, and to venture its all, and the hope of eternal life, upon his righteousness. Nothing less than Almighty power will work this in us. Here is signified that it is Christ the Savior, who supplies all the necessities of those who trust in him, and gives them all blessings in the richest abundance. And by being partakers of Christ himself, we come to be filled with the fullness of grace and glory in him. How then do those forget themselves who seek for righteousness out of him! This teaches us to come to Christ. And did we know what we are called to, and what we might find in him, surely we should come and be suitors to him. When feeling our weakness and the power of our enemies, we most perceive the greatness of that mighty power which effects the conversion of the believer, and is engaged to perfect his salvation. Surely this will constrain us by love to live to our Redeemer’s glory.
(Ephesians 1:15-23) Mathew Henry