“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Eph. 1:18 (NIV)
These past two weeks, I’ve been writing about our God placed needs. So far, I’ve mentioned two of them…our need for love and acceptance, and our need for worth or identity.
These are important and deep concepts. It is important that we not rush through them without giving them the time and attention they deserve.
One of the realities about spiritual growth is that truths must penetrate our hearts, not just our intellect.
This is the reason for Paul’s prayer in the verse above. Notice Paul didn’t pray that these believers intellect would be enlightened. He already assumed that.
Instead, Paul prayed for their heart.
As healthcare professionals, when we hear the word “heart” we think of a 4-chambered muscle pumping regularly in our chests. But Scripture uses the word heart in an entirely different fashion. Scripturally speaking, the heart is the seat of understanding. An example is Mark 6:52 where the writer states that the reason the disciples did not fully understand the miracle of the feeding of the 5000 was that their hearts (kardia) were hardened.
Understanding spiritual concepts like our God-placed needs requires that we allow them to penetrate our “hearts”. We must move beyond an intellectual understanding of this truth to an experiential understanding.
In order to gain an experiential understanding of your God-placed needs, you need to feel those needs.
Unfortunately, we often anesthetize ourselves from the pain of unmet needs. This causes us to stop feeling those needs. That’s why it is important to spend significant time considering, thinking about, and meditating upon these God placed needs.
As you go through today and tomorrow, spend some time thinking through your need for love and your need for worth. Try to make sure you are aware of those needs and begin to further investigate how you’ve been meeting those needs up to now.
Then consider journaling about what you’ve discovered.
Prayer: Lord, open the eyes of my heart to recognize my need for love and worth and show me how I’ve wrongly sought to satisfy them.