Tuesday, September 18, 2012

We ask that blindness be removed

"In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4, New American Standard Bible).

Is there someone on your mind who you wish had a relationship with God? Today, we ask our Lord to remove blindness from that person on your mind, so they will see what God has done through Jesus, the Messiah, so they would want to have a relationship with Him.

The blindness mentioned in this verse made me think of a striking dance that was performed to the song "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles on the television show, "So You Think You Can Dance." I am not sure of the original meaning of the song, but the choreographer, Mia Michaels, sought to show in this dance the struggle that happens when addiction has a hold on someone. Sometimes, it can be tough to see a way out of situations like that.

Similar to addiction, the devil, also known as the prince of darkness, makes a point to try to lead God's people to believe in lies that destroy them or cause them harm. The devil tries to keep people in the dark, away from the truth about God, who brings life.

As we see the goodness that comes from having a mended relationship with God, we hopefully will desire for others to know our Savior, too. Whatever blindness that satan threatens to put on ourselves or on others, we can ask God to remove it. The hope is that blinders would be removed, so this person on our mind may see God and the beauty in what He did through His Son, Jesus.

Lord, thank you for having mercy on us and for revealing Yourself to us. Please remove blindness from others so they can see the light and life that comes from You. Please help this person on our mind to believe in Jesus and Your grace. Amen.

Above study based on the workbook HeartCall: Women Sharing God's Heart (Jaye Martin, 1999)
Photo from Sprint HTC Evo phone

Sara Bareilles' music video for "Gravity" - www.youtube.com - SaraBaraillesVEVO
"I Have to Believe" music video from Rita Springer - www.myspace.com/video