Eureka! Prayer

Leading up to Jesus’ prayer in John 17 there is a moment that I think is interesting.  Jesus’ disciples say, “Ahhhhh” as in “Eureka!” Or in the Greek, it is more literally “I see!”  This reminds me of my grandfather exclaiming, “I see, says the blind man!”

For the disciples, the light bulb goes on.  They got it.  The message that Jesus has been trying to convey to them is communicated at long last.  John 16:29-31:

29 “Ah!” His disciples said. “Now You’re speaking plainly and not using any figurative language. 30 Now we know that You know everything and don’t need anyone to question You. By this we believe that You came from God.”

31 Jesus responded to them, “Do you now believe?

Oddly, what preceded the enlightenment here was not all that different than what Jesus had told them before.  We can chart every time Jesus had spoken clearly about his nature and his coming sacrifice.  It never really seemed to sink in with the disciples before.  But, of course we have the privilege of seeing it after the book was written.

The point is that the disciples received some special understanding probably from the working of the Holy Spirit at just the right moment.  The scales fell from their eyes and faith flooded them.

It was in this context that Jesus turned his own eyes in prayer to the Father who made it all possible.

All this is to say that when you don’t know; when you don’t understand; when you can’t see how or why… pray.  Pray that what is mysterious to you is brought into plain sight.  Your answer may be immediate or it could be gradual.  It will be answered.

Pray.  God knows and sees all.  He can open your eyes to see the reality that alludes you.  Scripture says that if you don’t have something…even wisdom…ask for it.

Ask for God to turn on the lights in your heart.

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