The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 (NIV)
A few weeks ago we considered ‘Meeting Jesus – Light of the World’ and the account of Jesus healing the blind man (John 9). The verses above from 2 Corinthians give us a very clear indication of the cause of unbelief. Some of those who hear the gospel don’t understand it; they have a form of ‘blindness’ that prevents them from seeing the truth. Interestingly the verses use the term ‘blinded the minds of unbelievers’ to describe this. It is a very vivid picture!
This should focus our prayers on all those who hear the gospel. Of course we won’t know who will or will not respond. Our prayers should ask for spiritual enlightment, praying specifically against spiritual blindness.
In many churches we see those who have truly been enlightened, but sadly we also see those who follow religion yet haven’t really understood the implications of the message. Prayer is needed for all those who haven’t yet responded to the truth of the gospel, whether they are in church or not.
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