God’s Word | Psalm 119:18
Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
Quoting Isaiah, the Apostle Paul wrote, “‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’ – but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit” (1 Corinthians 2:9). God’s Spirit knows God’s thoughts. So when the believer reads God’s word, it is the Spirit of God, living within us, who reveals God’s words and thoughts to us.
Today’s passage, then, is a pre-Bible reading prayer. Our minds can be distracted. We can simply read the Bible to check off that day’s reading from our Read Through the Bible guide. So prior to reading God’s word, here is a prayer we should pray:
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for giving me Your word. Thank You for the privilege of opening it and reading it today. I admit to You that I am in a hurry. I am busy and distracted. So please slow me down. Help me to focus. Keep distractions away. Help me listen to things in Your word that I need to hear. Use Your word to point out areas of sin that I need to confess. Open my eyes to blind spots that I keep missing. Show me where I am off track. Open my eyes to a biblical perspective of where I am and where I should be. Instruct me regarding business interactions. Help me understand and apply your instructions that will guide my morning meetings. Instruct me regarding relationships. Open my eyes to hear from you regarding the person I am dating (if single) or my spouse (if married). I desire to be a godly parent. Open my eyes to Your word that will help me raise my children according to Your instruction. Lord, I desire to know you more fully and deeply. Speak to me in a new and fresh way through Your word. Father, please open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.