21 Days of Prayer | Day 1

The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.
-John 1:5 NLT

Light, we need it to live, to navigate, and to function; but with the invention of electric light, we all know that lights go out. That’s just the reality of light bulbs. Sometimes, lights stop working at the worst possible moment. That’s the reality of Murphy’s Law and lights. All lights that we know eventually dim and go out some time — all lights except one: Jesus!

Think back to an amazing sunrise or sunset you have seen. Its’ no wonder some people worshipped the sun as a god. We, who “have seen the light” know that the one true God is not the sun but the creator of it. We associate God with light, as did the saints before us. Bright cloud, burning bush, a pillar of fire, and bright light brighter than the sun were signs of God’s presence for them. The psalmist described God as light: “The LORD is my light and my salvation” (Psalm 27:1); and Isaiah promised, “The LORD shall be your light forever” (Isaiah 60:19). Light stood for God’s presence. Prophecies described the Messiah as light: “Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you” (Isaiah 60:1). And the prophet Simeon hailed the child Jesus as “a light for revelation to the Gentiles.”

Jesus is the Light that will shine for eternity. Satan, evil, and the forces of darkness can’t extinguish His light or hide His radiant glory. This Light, full of grace and glory, keeps shining and He offers His light to us. Once you have received His light, darkness cannot overcome our Light. So, let’s walk in this Light and remember we carry His light wherever we go!

• What area of my life do I need God’s direction and illumination?

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