Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:45-49 (NIV)
Open My Mind
Would you like me to do that for you? Would I like you to do what for me? Would you like me to open your mind so you can understand the Scriptures? Would like my word to come alive in your life? Would you like me to use my word to change your heart and transform your mind? Would you like my word to form the thoughts of your mind, words of your mouth and deeds of your life? Would you like my word to guard your life from all the evil and darkness that that surrounds you? Would you like my word to guide the entire course of your life? Would you like my word to make you into a powerful witness for me in the world? Yes, I would like your word to do all these things in me, for me and through me. Why is that? I want to know you. I want to follow you. I want to serve you. I want to live my life with and for you. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That is very good.
What must you do If you want me to open your mind to understand the Scriptures? It occurs to me that I need to do two things. I’m listening. First, I must ask you to open my mind so I can understand the Scriptures. How often will you do that? Every day, I will ask you to open my mind so I can understand the Scriptures. Why would you pray that prayer every day? That leads me to my second thought. If I want you to open my mind to understand the Scriptures, I must meet with you in your word daily. Why is that? There is not a day that I don’t need your guidance. There is not a day that I don’t need your instruction. There is not a day that I don’t need your word to work in me, for me and through me. Daily as I meet with you in your word you have been and will continue to open my mind to understand the Scriptures. Yes, I have been and will continue to open your mind so you can understand the Scriptures as you meet with me in my word. That I will do. That will be very good.
Lord, that is my prayer. Open my mind to understand the Scriptures. Use your word to speak into my life. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Use your word in me, for me, and through me so I can be a powerful witness for you. Amen
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