If things around you are discouraging, Pray!

To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you. (Psalm 139:12)

The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. (Proverbs 4:18)

 

Is there an event in your life, a trauma or a loss that is trying to block the light from shining for you? Has a shadow overwhelmed you? Does it feel like your day has turned to perpetual night?

Scripture tells us that night can be as bright as day, that even in the toughest times, we can carry on because there is a light that cannot be extinguished.

When we witnessed the total eclipse of the sun last August, we were amazed at how bright the world still was even when the moon completely covered the sun. What a phenomenon! We viewed Pluto and the stars in the middle of the morning. But more amazing was the fact that the light was still bright enough around us to see virtually everything. The brightness of the sun cannot fully be eclipsed.

We find a lesson here for us: when our lives are overwhelmed by sorrow and grief, the light of God cannot be fully overcome. We can be struck with troubles, heaviness, and darkness, but His light cannot be put out. We will have all the light that we need to see by and to continue to live by.

Are you struck with heartache today, almost overwhelmed and hardly able to function under the weight of the burden you carry? Ask God to allow you the grace to have just enough light to see by today. And as this trial unfolds, moment by moment, you can trust in His unfailing love. Pray with us…

Father,

I thank You that You are never overcome by darkness. Even the darkest night is as bright as the brightest day to You. Thank You that as I walk with You, learning to walk in Your ways, seeking Your divine presence in my life moment by moment, this darkness I presently feel will dissipate, and the night around me will be like day once again.

Thank You that You promise me that I will shine again. As You transform my life and deliver me from these present challenges that seek to overwhelm and destroy me, rather than being overwhelmed and destroyed, these challenges will be the making of me. I will become stronger and a brighter light for Your glory.

Wash me clean of all darkness. Take me into the light of Your glorious presence and radiate all darkness out of my being in Jesus’ Name. I thank You for the sacrifice of Your dear Son, Jesus, who bled and died to give me an opportunity to be forgiven and cleansed.

I trust in the Holy blood and water that gushed forth from the sacred, broken heart of Jesus to flood over me and to break this cycle of darkness plaguing my life today. I stand beneath that flow, bowing in worship for Your generous, glorious love for me.

In Jesus’ Name
Amen

-Mark and Jill

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