Empty Prayers

by Mary Stout

Someone gave me a prayer jar a while back and I found it while i was cleaning. It’s just a ball jar with a cute label that says ‘Prayers”. To be honest, I never knew what to do with it, so I kept it and figured one day I will use it. When I found it, I thought the most striking feature was how empty it was. I had not placed any prayers in it. That made my heart sad for a bit. I spent some thoughts on how guilty I felt for pretending to be a Christian while I went to church, studied my bible, and encouraged others in the daily waters. Honestly, it made me think. It’s an empty prayer jar. I need not feel bad about it. I need to pray and ask God what he wants me to do with it. I often find answers in the word. I found it in today’s verses.

‘ – since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened – so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him, ‘ Ephesians 1:17-18

Open the eyes of my heart Lord

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see you….

I want to see you…

These verses give me hope! If we open the eyes of our heart, we will see the hope of glory in Jesus as we pray–the whispered prayer, the angry prayer, the praising prayer, the healing prayer and even the groans and moans prayer we utter.

The hope he gives us in Christ Jesus, brings us spiritual wisdom as we talk to him and open our hearts to receive his will in our lives. It’s up to us to pray. He hears every prayer. TIme to fill my jar…won’t you join me?

Prayer: Living and loving Father, thank you for bringing me to prayer. Even when I don’t do it right, I trust you to hear my prayer. Grant me an open, receptive heart that I may do your will in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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