What are Spiritual Eyes?

And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha (2 Kings 6:17 KJV) 

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Spiritual eyes are the eyes that see spiritual realities. This devotional will briefly review the three keywords—eyes, seeing, realities—and why seeing spiritually is critical for your spiritual life.

Seeing is perceiving realities through the eyes; seeing is vision, and the eye is the organ through which we see. Perceiving is simply detecting and becoming aware(knowing) of what is existing around or in us(realities). So the eye is merely the organ that allows us to know things that exist. Physical eyes see material things—for example, you can see the words of this devotional. As you see the words, you know they are there, and you know what they mean. Thus, the fundamental feature of seeing, whether physical or spiritual, is knowing.

The spiritual eyes are the capacity to perceive(or see) spiritual realities. When God opened Elisha’s servant’s eyes above, he saw angels all around them. These angels were always there, but his physical eyes could not see them. God supernaturally enabled his physical eyes to see and KNOW that these angels were there. Similarly, some of you reading this devotional might be so anxious and fearful of the challenges you are dealing with. However, those concerns will vanish immediately if your eyes are opened to see the angels around you and God’s provisions already made available to you.

Seeing spiritually is perceiving spiritual things through spiritual eyes. The eye that allows us to perceive spiritual things is our hearts: We see spiritual things through our hearts. God can give us spiritual vision(knowledge of spiritual things) through different ways (eyes), such as opening our physical eyes spiritually in prophetic visions, dreams, or by revelation.

May your spiritual eyes open to see the riches of the glory of Christ in you!


I have condensed mysteries in the devotional above. Please reread it as many times as needed to grasp every revelation in it.

Apply the Word

Spiritual blindness is a significant problem amongst us, God’s people. “My people perish for lack of knowledge….” they do not know, or their eyes are blind! (Hosea 4:6). Cry out, and press on for your spiritual eyes to be opened.


Pray and ask the Lord to open your eyes in understanding and visions (Ps. 118:18, Eph. 1:15-17).

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  1. This is so beautiful, God bless you. May one always know the heart of self so they may know the divine heartbeat.

  2. God bless you and strengthen you in the ministry he has called you to complete. Thank you for this lesson.

  3. Haha blessings to you, good information, i enjoy having my spiritual eyes open, it even make me feel connected to the sky and plants and animals, I feel like a mystic, no fear and my believe in God and accepting Christ is higher, I have many spiritual gifts and I’m learning

  4. I really appreciate for I have learnt about spiriual eyes which off course is in our hearts. May the good open my spiriual eyes to exactly see what is to come in future.

    1. Amen, the Lord grant you indeed more and more understanding in this. There are a few articles on “spiritual eyes” under the tag “spiritual eyes” above. Keep checking and more will be added.

    1. Hi Andre, That story of Hagar in Gen. 21:19 is quite interesting. The scripture said there that while in the desert, God opened her eyes to see a well. These eyes were not her natural physical eyes. She was not physically blind, so it was not her physical eyes that God opened. Similarly, it was really not her “spiritual eyes”that God opened. It is what I call the “mental eye” or the eye of the mind. Please read this devotional to see what this means.https://patrickoben.com/three-types-eyes/

      A similar story of this “mental eye” is seen in this classic story:

      “And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria. As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the LORD opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.” (2 Kings 6:18–20, ESV)

      These soldiers were not physically blinded. They just did not KNOW where they were though they had known it. They were seeing something but not realizing what they were seeing.

      God did not create that well for Hagar. The scripture does not give more details but it is most likely the well was there and for whatever reason, she did not know it was there. There is not a lot that can be said because the scripture did not give us many details but God simply made her recognize or see a well that was already there. This is her mental eye being opened. It is a powerful eye in us. It is amazing how somethings we have the solution in our hands but we just do not KNOW. God might not give us anything new to solve a problem. He might simply open our eyes to see what we have. He makes us know what the solution is. Blessings

  5. Thank you for this..allowing me to read ..it’s just confirmation …when I was little Jesus came to me ,spoke with me ,told me what was taken place,I was twelve ,He also told me I’d have bright glowing eyes ,which after most of my life I believe is spiritual eyes..but as I got older I started understanding more ..WOW I’m in awe of everything ,I can’t even describe ,but Now I have seen so much,,,I LOVE EVERY BIT OF IT!! I can’t wait sometimes for God to show me ..Oh I’ve others only knew …Praise God!! 🙏🏼❤️ One day I will share ,and working on it!! I am excited …and it’s just me and God !!

    1. Hello Cyprien. Thank you for stopping by! God opens our eyes principally by two ways
      1. By giving us the Holy Spirit.
      Every Christian has the gift of the Holy Spirit and therefore can know God because their eyes are open.
      God then gives Gifts of the Spirit such as prophecy to enable some believes to see even more prophetic dreams and visions.

      2. By opening our eyes by His Word.
      God’s Word in your heart by itself will open your eyes

      The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. (Ps. 119:130 KJV)

      Please read this devotional and similar devotionals

      Also watch this bible study to show you how God opens our eyes



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