Why Do We Close Our Eyes When We Pray?

Every Sunday, I take a break from writing about WorkLife, and Changing the World. Instead, I write about my imperfect understanding of God’s perfect love as my personal mission to spread His word and His love and to make a difference. You can read more Mission posts here.

Maybe it's because God wants us to see not through our eyes, but through the eyes of our faith.

Isn’t it when our eyes are closed (while praying or worshiping God) that we get to see a glimpse of what God has in store for us—through our hopes and dreams?

Isn’t it when our eyes are closed that our hearts are filled with joy and expectancy?

Isn’t it when our eyes are closed that we get to see the face of God?

Isn’t it amazing how God included this in our design? He designed us to pray with our eyes closed to teach us to walk by faith and not by sight.

After all, sometimes, it is when our eyes are opened that we see reality, poverty, hunger, greed, corruption, conflicts, unrest, discouragement, and hopelessness not only in the lives of others, but also in our own lives.

Maybe it’s time for us to see the world (and our world) not only as it is, but as what it could be. And we can do that by closing our eyes and seeing through the eyes of faith.

Today, and for the rest of this week, try closing your eyes every once in a while and fill your heart with hope, joy, expectation, and love—especially when you are feeling discouraged and hopeless. Then, see through the eyes of faith. See a glimpse of what God has in store for you.

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." — 2 Corinthians 5:7

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As you listen to this song, close your eyes, see God's face, see through the eyes of faith, and believe with your whole heart that God can move your mountains.