There are so many ways in which we Christians want to hang on to the old wine and won’t even try the new even in small things. Sometimes I suggest open-eyed grace at a restaurant and my companions are shocked. They say, “That’s not the way we do it. We bow our heads.” There’s nothing in the Bible about closing our eyes to pray, but if that’s our pattern we’re reluctant to change. We all have a choice when it comes to trying the new wine, the new and fresh ways of serving God. We can be predictable religious types or we can be radical like Jesus Himself, associating with the wrong people, praying for the wrong miracles, refusing to conform to the heavy, joyless attitudes of the legalists. We can be radical saints filled with the Spirit of this radical Lord.
Larson, B., & Ogilvie, L. J. (1983). Vol. 26: The Preacher’s Commentary Series, Volume 26 : Luke. The Preacher’s Commentary series (113). Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson Inc.