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Prayer Devotional: Day 31

In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. – 1 Timothy 6:13‭-‬16 NIV

The Lord gives life, and life eternal. There is no salvation except through Jesus Christ.

The sun is the brightest object in the sky that we can see, yet the light that can shine from Jesus is even brighter than the sun.

We do not worship the sun, but we are lucky because we worship the God who made it, and everything in existence. Men may chase the fountain of youth in search for immortality, yet God’s treasure in heaven is the best reward we could possibly imagine. Amen.

Prayer Devotional: Day 23

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NIV

God is a God of light. The more we become like Him, the brighter our light shines. If we become known for being patient and helping others, to Him be the glory. He inspires us to do good works.

Good deeds are not a way to earn our way into heaven. It is by grace we have been saved.

When we are saved, our hearts change. Our desires and even our plans change as the Holy Spirit leads us. We can trust Him always. When we read the Word of God, our prayers become less about a list of things we would like God to grant us. Our prayers become focused on His purpose for our lives. Amen.

Today, my husband and I are celebrating our 6th anniversary anniversary. Please watch our anniversary video and subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more happy adventures that God has blessed us with.

Prayer Devotional: Day 18

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV

The Lord is the source of all pure light. He created light in the beginning. He provides sunlight for plants to grow so that people can eat nutritious foods.

The Lord enlightens our understanding the more we read His Word, pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and spend time with other believers who uphold and strengthen our faith, the closer we get to Him.

It is because of His light that we are strong in the midst of dark times. Jesus gives us strength and wisdom. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 362

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. – John 4:23 NIV

When our hearts are in the right place and we are seeking the truth when it comes to Christianity, sometimes we have to wait on the Lord.

God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, and we can trust that He will reveal to us exactly what we have to know and when.

He doesn’t keep us in the dark. The Lord is a God of light. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 309

Day 309

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7 NKJV

Jesus lights up our lives. When we fellowship with other believers of Jesus, we can learn and encourage each other. 

We don’t have to have an exact duplicate of another person’s faith to fellowship.

Everyone’s relationship with Jesus is different, but one thing is the same: Jesus loves and saves all of us who believe in Him.

Sometimes we get caught up in doctrine and rules and forget that it is by grace we have been saved. We do good works because we love God and want to please Him, not because we are afraid. The Lord cleanses us, but He does not take away our choices. Amen.

Prayer Journal: Day 239

Day 239

This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5 NIV

“Chiaroscuro is an Italian artistic term used to describe the dramatic effect of contrasting areas of light and dark in an artwork, particularly paintings. It comes from the combination of the Italian words for ‘light’ and ‘dark.'” https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/chiaroscuro

God is a God of light. In Him, there is no darkness. 

But we are people who are both light and dark. We live in a world that also includes darkness, and because of that, we come to appreciate the appearance of dawn’s first light even more.

Each day is an opportunity to start new with God.

It is the contrast of light and dark that makes us aware of how much we need God’s light. He lights up our lives, literally. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 211

Day 211

Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness. – Psalms 89:15‭-‬16 NIV

We need God’s light. Without light, it is difficult to walk without stumbling. 

Sometimes we create our own darkness. We allow others to disrupt our thoughts. The Lord sees us clearly and knows what is going on. He knows our thoughts. God knows our prayers even before we utter them. 

His name is precious. One of the commandments is to refrain from taking the Lord’s name in vain. When we resent someone, it is tempting to call him or her a bad name, but God asks us to love, not to say words out of resentment. The Spirit of the Lord wants peace for us, and we need to be watchful of the words we say and think.

Jesus is worthy of acclaim. His actions and words are without fault. The more we think about Him, the more we become like Him and appreciate what He sacrificed for us. If we spent all day praising Him, how would our lives change? Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 183

Day 183

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105 NKJV 

When we are in darkness, we can’t see clearly where we should go.

I visited a cave, and the tour guide shut off the lights for a moment to show us how dark it was. It was so dark and cold that I could almost feel the humidity in the air. When the lights came back on, we could easily navigate out of the cave. 

The Lord wants us to direct us. He seeks out ways to illuminate our path. 

When we don’t see what He is trying to demonstrate to us, He tries another way, because He doesn’t give up trying to get our attention. The Lord knows where we should go, and He can direct us completely. We have no reason to fear. Amen. 

Prayer Journal: Day 40

Day 40

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5: 14-16

My family lives on top of a hill. When we first moved into our house, a street light at the top of our road was out and hadn’t been fixed for years. My husband called the power company to fix it, and they did. No sooner did they fix it than a neighbor down the street complained that the light was interfering with his sleep because it beamed through his mini blinds and it hadn’t done that in years. He demanded that we put out the light. My husband fought back and argued that the street light needed to stay on for the safety of those who used the road, and his appeal to the General Interest District (GID) was granted. During snow storms later that winter, we could see he was right.

Why do we hide our light? Why do we repress the gifts that God has given us? Are we afraid that if we shared our light in the way that God meant for us, people would criticize us? Would they complain that our light was too bright?

We are so used to being in darkness, in the midst of our dark thoughts, that we often don’t see what God intends for us. He wants us to be happy, so happy that others can see our radiance.

Isn’t that beautiful? And how would life be different if we stopped being afraid of what other people might say and stood up each day to let our light shine? It would be a different world indeed.

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