September 17, 2021 - 9 minutes read

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my ears, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my heart, illumine me,
Spirit divine![1]

And do this, understanding the present time.  The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.[2]

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What was Peter thinking when he wrote the following inspired words? “The end of all things is near” or “has drawn near.”  I am fairly certain that Peter always had his experiences with Jesus in his heart and mind, even the Spirit of Jesus indwelling.  Jesus taught watchfulness to Peter, the disciples, and to us today: “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.  It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.[3]  The old hymn is our recurring prayer, ‘Open my eyes, illumine me, Spirit divine!  Open my ears, illumine me, Spirit divine!  Open my mind, illumine me, Spirit divine!  Open my mouth, and let me bear, gladly the warm truth everywhere…’  ‘…Ready, my God, Thy will to see, Open my heart, illumine me, Spirit divine!’  I definitely have to be alert, stimulated, and awakened from recurring slumber, in some measure you do too, “…because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.”

We understand, according to scripture, the end of the world, as we know it, is nearer now, especially for those taking their last breath—we recognize all people will be accountable to God who is ready to judge the living and the dead.  Jesus warned us, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness, and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.”[4]   Peter goes on, “Therefore be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.”[5]  This correlates with Jesus’ exhortation, “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”[6]

The emphasis for me is striving daily to be clear-minded and self-controlled so I can pray—I can’t afford to allow the anxieties of this life, the political scene, the controversies, unhealthy disagreements, even my rights, freedoms, finances, etc. to hinder, weigh down, even quench the Spirit empowering my day-to-day walk with Jesus.  No!  I have been called by God to walk humbly and have the same attitude as Jesus when inevitable suffering in its various forms infiltrates my life, even as I reside, and you too, in the hand of our sovereign God.  Do I trust the Lord through it all?  Do I submit myself to God, resist the Devil?  Do I find the escape and run from sinful temptations?  Do I believe, truly, that I must fight the good fight of faith, mortify my flesh, resist and detach from the things of the world?  Have I been given the power to work out my salvation with fear and trembling, knowing that it is God who works in and through me to will and to act according to his good purpose?  Do I do everything without complaining or arguing, so that I can become blameless and pure?  Paul characterizes us as “…children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.”[7]   Amazing supernatural truth!  I can’t honestly answer yes to all the questions- however, by God’s abundant grace, you, me and every regenerate heart strives to be consistently growing in grace and live a life of repentance, that we might confidently say yes, yes, yes, in the overcoming strength of God as we journey through varied circumstances and trials. 

Love is above all!  “…love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”[8]  The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness… and I am called, as are you, by our holy, holy, holy God, to be hospitable and demonstrate love without grumbling!  Oh man, help, Lord.  Beloved, God provides the supernatural strength to ensure you, and me too: live, love, serve, discern, be humble, let many things go, reason well, show mercy, have empathy, encourage, comfort, be patient, forgive, admit, confess, etc. “…so that in all things, God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.  Amen.”[9]  

Open my mind, that I may read
More of Thy love in word and deed;
What shall I fear while yet Thou dost lead?
Only for light from Thee I plead.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my mind, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

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Friday Morning Prayer—First Baptist  1912 Arnold Way, Alpine.

Sisters are meeting at 0900.  Brothers meet at 0730.

You are invited!  Join us if your schedule allows.  It is always, always, a joy to see brothers growing in grace and loving the brethren.   

Thank you, sisters, for taking the time to help, glorify God, and encourage one another, through time spent in Holy Spirit-led prayer.


[1] https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Open_My_Eyes_That_I_May_See/

 

[2] Romans 13:11-12

[3] Luke 12:35-37

[4] Luke 21:34

[5] 1 Peter 4:7

[6] Luke 21:36

[7] Philippians 2:12-16

[8] 1 Peter 4:8

[9] Ibid v. 11