In a recent message, I shared some thoughts from Ephesians 1:15-23 about praying for vision. While this was specific to our merged congregation, the message Paul has for us is applicable in all areas of our lives.
People confuse vision with a plan. While vision might involve a plan, it is not a plan. Specifically, we define vision this way:
Seeing the image of your future that is in the mind of God.
Vision is not about what we think we should do or how we should do it. It is about the future that God has planned for us. From the passage above, I extracted four areas we should praying for as we seek vision:
- Thank God for future blessings. (vv 15-16)
- Pray for wisdom and knowledge that will help us know God better (v 17)
- Search for your heart’s eyes to be enlightened (vv 18-23)
- Know that vision comes from knowing the full glory of the resurrected Christ (vv 19-23)
As we unite together in praying for God’s vision for us, we should not pray “SHOW US” but rather “let us connect with you.” When we are connected with God’s mind, we will see what he sees. And that is vision.