The dictionary defines the word as (adjective) 1: readily perceived by the senses and especially by the sense of sight; 2: easily understood or recognized by the mind : obvious; (transitive verb) : to make evident or certain by showing or displaying.
Imagine my delight when, in my morning Bible reading in Matthew 6 using the Voice Bible translation (not my “deep study” translation but one that is wonderful for devotional purposes), I discovered my word for the year in what is commonly referred to as the Lord’s prayer:
[color-box]Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy.
Bring about Your kingdom.
Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven.
Give us each day that day’s bread—no more, no less—
And forgive us our debts as we forgive those who owe us something.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
But let Your kingdom be, and let it be powerful and glorious forever. Amen.[/color-box]
“Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven.” I know that line better as, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Manifest Your will, Lord. Let it be readily perceived by my senses. Help me to see Your will with my eyes. Let me understand it easily. Make it obvious to me, even when I’m not thinking about You or Your will. Amen.
So be it.