It is with our hearts that we see life and live life. Our hearts are where we experience the dance and the dreams and the difficulties of our stories. So much of who we are originates with our hearts: our strength, security, passion, authenticity, significance, love, awareness, fulfillment, courage … the list goes on. God’s agenda in the life of a human being is a work of heart because our hearts are the core of who we are.
So it’s no wonder that Paul prays for the hearts of a group of people in the first century city of Ephesus – and also for a group of people in the 21st century city of Orlando. Specifically he prays that the eyes of our hearts would be enlightened, that we would actually see God’s artistry in our hearts and lives.
He prays we would see the significance waiting to be experienced as a result of His resurrection energy that enables us to pursue His calling. He prays we would see the security that comes from being shielded by His superior strength as fellow heirs with Christ. And he prays that we, as people who are so prone to lose heart, would see the shalom that can result from His resurrection strength – a strength that is always enough. The reason our hearts are so prominent in Paul’s praying? That is where God does all this work.The result of God’s work of heart on a human being? A masterpiece.