“I ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do…” Ephesians 1: 17-18 (The Message)
Paul prays that the Ephesians will be as Godly as possible.
Paul does not suggest doing some things now and some things later, he leaves time-frames general. I think that I have been narrowing my prayer timeframes into long-range concerns.
Maybe it is time to change my focus.
I like to ask God for help with long-range things.
What say I start asking Him for help in the hour ahead instead of just long-range things?
Maybe my long-range concentration is messing up the immediate.
Instead of, “when should I move to our summer home,” I should be asking, “what chore(s) can I do where I now am in the next hour?”
I referred a few days ago to sensing I was at an airport, with all my gadgets, waiting to go on a trip to the Caribbean. I found that I could not get into the gadgets because of my concentration on my future location.
I have been locked in for weeks. By my estimation, I have waited restlessly for the interned time to end. My productivity has been minimal. I am even neglecting normal household chores. Why? Because my focus is on beyond the immediate. And I am, therefore, seriously neglecting the immediate.
I find myself caught up in online politics and Hallmark movies. The accumulation of those passive activities has turned me lethargic most of the time. Call it bored if you will.
Paul, the apostle, is not around to pray for me as he did beautifully for the Ephesians. I must pray for myself.
I pray that I will know Jesus so well that His thoughts can be my thoughts.
I pray that I will know Jesus so well that I get the next hour Godly right.