Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. John 4:35 (NIV)
Most often when we think that it’s not yet time for something or that something has not yet come, the truth is that whatever we are putting off to the future has already come and that which we think is absent is right there before us hidden in plain view.
The issue then is with how we see. You can see and yet not see. That is you can be seeing without recognizing what you are seeing.
This is also known as discernment.
It’s one thing to see the clouds gathering and getting dark, it’s another to tell that it’s going to rain. The difference is what’s called discernment.
Opening our eyes to see or discernment means reading the meaning behind what we are seeing.
The number one thing we often see yet not see is God Himself, His presence and working in our lives every day.
So many people, both believers and unbelievers have this foremost cry that God come into their life and situation. Actually for most believers the only prayer they always have and think is super spiritual is crying out to God to come into their life and circumstance. Many fast and seek the power, the anointing, the blessing, and the favor of God. But God is always with us, in us, and for us and therefore so is His power, anointing, blessing and favor.
What we really need is open our eyes and see.
We have certain Holy Spirit inspired prayers in Paul’s Epistles and they are not about God coming to us or into our situation, neither are they about God sending or giving us His power, anointing, blessing or favor.
These truly super spiritual, perfect prayers are always about our eyes being opened to clearly see, recognize and be fully persuaded that God is in us, with us, and for us. They are about our eyes being opened to clearly see, recognize, and be fully persuaded that God’s power, anointing, blessing and favor are in our lives.
Here is one such prayer:
Ephesians 1:16-19 (AMPC) 16I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers. 17[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, 18By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), 19And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.
Open your eyes to see, pray that your eyes see God who’s already right now present and working in your life. Let the eyes of your heart be flooded with light so you may see, know, understand God’s power, anointing, blessing and favor right now in you and upon you, active and effective in your life and situation.