It’s 3:15 a.m. Once again, Mark and I have both been up praying in the night, unable to sleep. This is becoming quite the norm for us. It seems that while we are definitely in a growth pattern, our spiritual enemy is learning a lesson, too. The night doesn’t belong only to him and all things evil.
Prayers of light are something that we are pressed to pray. Light, into every dark place and space. Light, sent to penetrate every particle of spiritual darkness. It’s funny, that incredible thing called ‘light.’ The smallest candle can light up a room, and it simply feels cozy to have one lit. A tiny nightlight enables one to see everything well enough to walk around a room without bumping into things. We’ve been in an old, Soviet bomb shelter where the only thing shining was a match, and yet, the place was illuminated well enough to help us experience our surroundings.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me. (Micah 7:8)
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12)
In Acts 26:18, Paul is recounting his conversion experience on the road to Damascus. Jesus told him that he was being sent to the Gentiles as a witness, so that their (spiritual) eyes would be opened and they would “turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.” (NLT)
I can’t count the number of times I’ve prayed God’s light over, and into, Finland. Truthfully, this type of prayer had never occurred to me prior to our arriving. God spoke very specifically about how we should pray, and my prayer journals now have pages filled with writings that recount ‘pictures’ God has given me, things that occured when light was prayed into the surrounding cities. God created light, and He loves it. People of God, do you want a revival of His presence? I encourage you to pray His light over your community. Your city. Your region or county. Your country or state.
I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in Me will no longer remain in the dark. (John 12:46)
Revelation 21:23 recounts the light that John saw during his vision: “And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light.”
“…Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” (Daniel 2:20-22)
The Lord loves light. He not only created it, He not only represents it, He IS light. And if He is in you, you have the ability to share His light with others. Talk it. Walk it. Think it. Act it. Pray it. Be it.