There are some prayers I pray over and over and over again. This is one of them, “Lord, show me what I don’t see.” And then I continually look, not with my physical eyes to this physical realm, but on the inside where the real me lives, with the Holy Spirit. The Bible calls the real you, on the inside, the “hidden man of the heart” in 1 Peter 3:4.
Why is what we see on the inside, with the eyes of our heart, with our spiritual eyes, so important? Because, we have to see something in our spirit before we will ever see it with our physical eyes.
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
Here is a great example. Let’s say somebody is sick. They pray and ask the Lord to heal them of their affliction, going through all the right motions, “I believe I receive. It’s mine. I have it now.” But then they lay in bed with their eyes closed, seeing themselves getting worse. They imagine themselves dying. They see their funeral. They meditate on how their loved ones will get along without them. This person is not going to receive their healing. If they can’t see it on the inside, in their spirit, they won’t experience it on the outside.
So, what do we do? Nothing effects the images we carry in our hearts like meditation. We have to meditate on the right thing in order for that image on the inside of us to line up with what we desire to have in our lives! What is the right thing? It’s the Word of God. And that’s where my prayer, “Show me what I don’t see,” comes in. As I pray this, pray in the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:15), and feed on the Word of God a portion of His Word “jumps” out at me or is saturated in His presence as I speak it. Or sometimes, as I awake in the morning, before my mind has a chance to kick in, a scripture will clearly rise out of my heart; I see it or hear it.
Friend, this is what we grab on to. We say it over and over in low tones, to ourselves. We chew on it; each word as if trying to extract every ounce of life and energy out of it! God’s Word is alive and life is what we receive when we partake of it! This will change the inner image of defeat, failure, sickness and poverty to victory, success, health and abundance. We begin to see what we need to see! Once we can see it in our hearts, we focus on it and thank God for it until it shows up in the physical realm.
In 2012 all three of our sons were attacked in a way that I never imagined possible. It was a living hell for me as a momma. I honestly didn’t know how we would make it through. Early one morning, as I awoke, I heard “I will contend with him who contends with you and I will save your sons.” That’s found in Isaiah 49:25. Save means: heal, deliver, set free, liberate and give the victory to. That became my constant meditation. And it caused what I saw for each of my boys to change from the image of what they were going through and where it could lead in the natural, to an imagine of healing, deliverance, freedom and victory!
Maybe you have a wayward child. Do you imagine them running around with the wrong people, doing drugs and going to jail? Do you see them living under a bridge and roaming the streets? If so, you better get to praying, “Lord, show me what I don’t see.” Pray in the Spirit and search the scriptures until what you see on the inside changes. “All your children will be taught by the Lord and great will be the peace (safety, wellness, happiness, health, prosperity, rest and wholeness) of your children” (Isaiah 54:13).
You can meditate on that until the image you have on the inside makes you boldly rejoice in the Lord about your child’s future! Chew on it, picture it, imagine it, say it over and over until you see it.
It works for every area of life. What do you need to see change in your life? You have to see it on the inside before you ever see it on the outside. So pray, “Lord, show me what I don’t see.” And then get to looking!