"Lord, That Our Eyes May Be Opened"
By Lois J. Stucky
When the two blind men by the roadside learned that the Lord Jesus Christ was passing by, with great persistence they cried out, "O Lord, have mercy on us," even though rebuked by the crowd that followed the Lord. The compassionate Lord Jesus caught their pitiful cries and stopped. "What will ye that I shall do unto you?" He asked the two. "Lord, that our eyes may be opened!" was their plea. It took only the gentle but divinely empowered touch of the Lord and immediately they received sight and followed Him (see Matthew 20:29-34). Their utter darkness was turned to light by the wonderworking Lord Jesus!
In our day, cries for mercy and help are ascending from all over the globe. There are aching, bleeding hearts, victims of such as catastrophes of nature; wars; starvation; disease and pestilence; human slavery; oppressive governments; and the list goes on. How tragically sad it is that millions of anguished cries for mercy and help simply die away with no loving, helpful response. Animists anxiously seek to find relief and appease forces of the spirit world that are in reality demonic. Unnumbered multitudes cry to gods that are the making of men’s hands, idols that have no power to see or hear or deliver. Other multitudes that are sincere and devoted to their religion are deceived into rejecting the Truth as it is found in God’s Word and in His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Among these are ones who would look to Jesus but they have never even heard of that precious Name that is above every name, with power to help in every time of need.
The plight of all such is doubly tragic because not only do they have to struggle on alone to bear up under the staggering needs they face daily, but they lack the hope and comforting assurance of life eternal when their earthly-life trials ebb away. They live and die in eternal darkness!
Our blessed Lord Jesus is the Light of the world. He came "to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house" (Isa. 42:7). The Godhead would have "all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:4). Christ has done His part fully. God is counting on us His people to step up and do our part to make the Gospel known to the ends of the earth. Our Lord Jesus left us the message to "Lift up [our] eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest" (John 4:35).
The stories of pioneer missionaries tell us of ones who looked on the fields and acted on what they saw. How challenging are their lives, marked by utmost self-sacrifice, endurance of gravest hardships, feats accomplished through steadfast faith in a faithful God, and courage and perseverance that greatly advanced His kingdom! Few of us are called to walk in the way these heroes of the faith walked. But God does say to some, "Give!" or "Go!" And to all of us He says, "Pray!" O Lord, that blinded spiritual eyes might be opened!
Some of you dear praying readers are already involved heavily in prayer for missions through your local church or parachurch organizations. Keep faithful! Or you may be one who needs to begin praying more for the millions in spiritual darkness. We urge you to set a time for praying regularly for these nations. Cry out on their behalf, "Lord, that their eyes may be opened to see the truth!"
It may be that our first prayer needs to be for ourselves. To pray most effectively we need the flow of God’s love into our hearts that we might pray with fervency. The evil one blinds and binds, and more than casual prayer is needed to loosen his grip on souls whom he now holds captive.
Be encouraged to read what God does in answer to believing prayer: The Lord "brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces…. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down" (Psa. 107:14; 146:8). Glory to His wonderful Name!