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     The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Cor. 4:4

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you for the gift of another day. Please fill my gaze with your beauty, my mind with your truth, and my heart with more of the gospel—much, much more of the gospel. If, as this Scripture clearly states, the main strategy of the kingdom of darkness is to keep unbelievers in the dark about the gospel of your glory and grace, why would I think evil would choose some other tactic for me? So I pray for myself today, just as much for unbelieving friends and neighbors.

Lord Jesus, please reveal more and more of the gospel to me—more and more of who you really are; more and more of what you’ve already accomplished by your life, death, and resurrection; more and more of what you’re continuing to do in your commitment to make all things new; more and more of what it’s going to be like to live with you and the whole family of God in the new heaven and new earth. Show me, convince me, dazzle me, change me . . . and then show me even more of your grace and glory.

Get the morning (noon-time and evening) crud out of my eyes; remove any evidence of Christ-cataracts—things that skew my vision of you; heal the astigmatism, farsightedness and shortsightedness of my heart, so I can gaze upon your beauty without squinting.

Don’t let me frame any notion of God apart from you, for you are the very image of God—God incarnate. Don’t let me read any part of the Bible without thinking about you—for everything written about you in the law of Moses, the Prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled (Luke 24:44). Don’t let me desert you by turning to some other gospel—which is really no gospel at all (Gal. 1:6-7). As the gospel is producing fruit and growing all over the world, so may it enlarge my heart and bring forth fruit to your glory (Col. 1:6).

Jesus, if you’ve moved me from total blindness to a 20/200 vision of the gospel, take me on to 20/100, then 20/50, then 20/20, then 20/15, until the day I see you with glorified eyes. On that Day we will see you as you are, and we will be like you (1 John 3:2). Hallelujah! By the iridescent light of this hope, I surrender to your purposes for this day. So very Amen I pray, in your peerless and powerful name.



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