Father, help us to see.
Father, help us to see You. We are spiritually blind without Your Spirit giving us eyes to see (Eph. 1:18), and we need to see You, first and foremost. If we can see You in all of Your glory, all of Your power, all of Your justice and all of Your grace, then we will know that You are at work in us, for us, around us and through us.
Father, help us to see the work You are doing in us. We so often feel like we take one step forward and two steps back in our pursuit of You. We end up needing to learn the same lessons again, or struggling to believe what You have promised us in Your Word. Help us to see the little victories, the little inclinations of our hearts when we lean towards You more quickly than we used to. Help us to see temptations overcome hour by hour. Help us to see that You are committed to us. Help us to see that You will complete the work You have begun in us (Phil. 1:6).
Father, help us to see the work You are doing for us. In this fallen world it is often hard to believe that You are working all things together for our good (Rom. 8:28). Help us to adopt Your definition of good, the highest goal of becoming more like Jesus (Rom. 8:29). Help us to see that there is no greater love than Your love that will never let us go (Rom. 8:38-39). Help us to see how You are working for us in ten thousand ways, since, as John Piper says, we can only see about three of them right now. Like the Israelites standing on the edge of the Red Sea with enemies coming at them from behind, help us to see that You will fight for us if we are still and will trust You (Ex. 14:14).
Father, help us to see the work You are doing around us. Just as You opened the eyes of Elisha's servant to see that You were working all around them when it seemed so dark (2 Kings 6:17), open our eyes to see that You are always working for the advance of your Kingdom around us. We so often can't see it, but You are working around us every day. People are reading the Word and coming to an understanding of who Jesus is. People are finding out they have cancer and coming to grips with their mortality. People are asking questions about You and Your Son because of something they heard when they were children. Father, we need Your help to be able to see the work You are doing around us, because without Your light we only see darkness.
Father, help us to see the work You are doing through us, for the advance of the Gospel. We are laboring in Your vineyard, but the sun is hot, and we are weary. It seems that often weeds spring up where we plant seeds. Father, help us to see that You are at work through us for the advance of the Gospel. Help us to see that You are more zealous for your own glory than we are (Is. 48:11). Help us to see that You don't just work in those places and those times, but You are at work among us and through us today. Help us to see the single mom coming to church and growing in her love for Jesus. Help us to see the teenager sitting in the same pew he has been in since he was a baby, who is beginning to believe—really believe—that Jesus is His Lord and Savior. Help us to see the tired married couple beginning to love each other the way you tell them to for the first time as they are discipled through your church. Help us to see the friend beginning to ask questions about the Gospel, the friend we never expected would ever be interested in Jesus.
Father, help us to see you, and help us to see what you are doing in us, for us, around us and through us. Just as Jesus touched Blind Bartimaeus when He called out to him and gave him his sight (Mark 10:51-52), we are calling out to You and asking You to restore our sight, so that we can see You and Your work in our time and place. We await Your touch.
Father, help us to see.
Tim Counts is the pastor of Northshire Baptist Church in Manchester Center, VT, and serves on the BCNE Board of Directors. He blogs regularly at He Must Become Greater, and you can follow him on Twitter @timothycounts.