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Gracious God and Father,
You gave me a picture today: small but bright white lights shining in darkness–a picture of Your people throughout the world, particularly those who are imprisoned and persecuted for faith in Christ.
The darker the darkness, the brighter they shine. What a beautiful sight.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5, NIV
As the evil one works feverishly to destroy Christ’s body, the church, he’s already lost. He cannot win. He’s doomed because Your Son already won on the cross.
But until You return, Lord, You’ve entrusted us with a life-changing message:
“‘Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.'” Mark 16:15, NASB
All of God’s people–we’re called to share the Gospel, the Good News of Your death, burial, resurrection, and appearing (1 Cor. 15:1-5). Please strengthen our brothers and sisters who are experiencing loss and pain because of their obedience. Jesus, You’ve given them eternal life, and they’re telling others. Thank You for their inspiring example.
As for us, Father, here in America and other western countries, we don’t want to flicker anymore. Humbly we ask Your forgiveness for the sins in our hearts that are manifested in our lives, our congregations, and our countries. We cast ourselves upon Your mercy, repenting of our self-righteousness, our idolatries, and our love of self.
Purify us so we can shine boldly … unwaveringly … magnificently …
Like luminous lights in the pitch-black night.
In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.