Back in Ephesians, after Paul points to this unification of heaven and earth, he prays that the "eyes of (our) heart may be enlightened." Hmm. That's different. Picture your heart with little plastic goggly eyes peering out between your ribs. What are the "eyes of our heart?"
This week I'm finishing up our short series of messages on prayer by looking at this prayer of Paul's. What strikes me most as we've studied some key prayers in the New Testament is how different they are than the way I normally pray. I guess that shouldn't be so surprising - I'm no Paul or Jesus! Yet their prayers are dramatically different than what most of us pray. Part of that difference is due to them praying for many people, not just for an individual or a time constrained situation. But their prayers are also different because they think differently; they have a larger perspective and a bigger view of what's going on around them. In other words, it seems that reality is so much more real then mine. The substance of Paul's prayer and what it means for our lives today is what we'll explore in the sermon.