“Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:15-18
Until we come to know Christ, until He cleanses us and His Spirit comes to make us alive in Him, there is a veil over our hearts. It is only in turning to the Lord that this veil is removed. Its removal is not accomplished by a solid argument based on human reasoning. It is not attained by an emotional moment in a time of weakness. The veil is removed because we choose to trust in Jesus, and the blood that He shed on the cross, His willing sacrifice and conquering of sin and death, is powerful enough to break through our darkness. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Nowhere else but in His presence and power.
This is why it is so vital to pray for those who don’t know the living God who saves us. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). It isn’t that those of us in Christ have more wisdom or any ability in ourselves to recognize the truth of the gospel. It isn’t that our hearts just naturally see His reality and love more clearly. It is because He chose to love us, He chose to open our eyes, He chose to send His Spirit to awaken our souls and remove the veil. It is all Him. Until God Most High entered in, the god of this world had our minds blinded, to keep us from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ. And it is only God Himself who can choose to open the eyes and awaken the souls of those around us who don’t know Him.
So we pray. Fervently. With intention and focus and perseverance. We ask that our Lord would burden our hearts with the urgency of His gospel, so that we would not become hardened to the lost and broken individuals who surround us each day. They need healing. They need grace. They need abiding peace, unspeakable joy, and to know the love that never fails. We seek His face and desire to remain sensitive to His Spirit, so that we will not miss an opportunity to show His grace, demonstrate His love, and speak boldly of His truth and salvation as we are led in His wisdom. We specifically pray for those whom He lays on our hearts, that their eyes would be opened. That the veil on their heart would be removed. That they would turn to the Lord and experience the freedom and light found only in His presence. That they would behold His glory and be transformed into the image of our beautiful Savior.
Our witness on this earth is to live out our faith so that those around us can see His reality and His power at work within us. To walk closely with our Lord and allow His Spirit to transform and lead us as we join Him in His purposes, for the glory of His name. “For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:5-6).