A Prayer for Clarity
By Meg Bucher
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 NIV
“Okay,” chirped the receptionist, “we’ll order you six months for the left eye’s prescription and six months for the right eye’s prescription.” And in that moment, I realized I’d been wearing my contacts in the wrong eyes for most of the summer.
Right before 2020, my age-old prescription had finally changed. But for most of 2020, I had worn my glasses. I had forgotten both my eyes were no longer remedied by the same prescription. It was no wonder I felt slightly cross-eyed a lot of the summer. It’s hard to see clearly without the right prescription. It’s still hard to see with the right prescription in the wrong eyes.
Simon Peter wrote his second letter to the church later in his life, to encourage and instruct Christ-followers in how to live a godly life. “Because God has given Christians all they need to become spiritually mature,” NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible explains, “they must actively pursue spiritual maturity if they expect to receive a rich welcome into God’s eternal kingdom.”
Peter was one of the three who witnessed the transfiguration of Christ. He was in Jesus’ close circle of friends. He knew what it meant to follow the Shepherd. He knew it wasn’t just enough to know about Jesus. For those early church members, and us today, spiritual warfare wages to distract and confuse us. Peter knew it would be important then, as it is to us now, to live our lives as a reflection of God’s glory.
How do we do that? With the right prescription. The correct perspective. Our physical human sight, and insight, is limited. We must learn to seek God in His Word and yield to the Spirit’s nudge in our lives. He’s given us everything we need to live a godly life that glorifies His name. The more earnestly we seek Him, the more clearly we can see.
You have made this day, and we will rejoice and be glad in it. Abba, Father. Savior, Jesus. Spirit, Comforter. All glory and honor we lift to You. We look to You for provision and healing. We stand in awe of the beauty and blessing You surround our lives with, even when we can’t see straight.
Help us to see ourselves, others, and creation through Your perspective, God. Help us see clearly, having eyes to see as you want us to see.
We want Your will for our lives, Father, because Your promises are greater than anything we can ask for or imagine, and beyond our perspective sight.
Help us to remember You are our Creator, our Author, our compassionate and caring Father. Christ Jesus, may we follow You faithfully, and look to You before scrambling for our own solutions. Heal our eyes, and our insight, so we may truly see.
In Jesus’ Name,
Meg Bucher writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as an author, freelance writer and blogger at Sunny&80. Her first book, “Friends with Everyone,” is available on amazon.com. She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters. Besides writing, she has led a Bible Study for Women and serves as a Youth Ministry leader in her community. She lives in Northern Ohio with her husband, Jim, and two daughters.
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