Prayer Warriors 12-16-2018
I don’t usually find inspiration for prayer from my yoga class but this happened at our class last week. The instructor was discussing winter solstice which happens on December 21st. You know December 21st is the longest night of the year - the longest period of darkness. And then our instructor said, “three days later light was born”.
Yes, this is the advent of light that was born at Christmas. There was even a star (light) that announced the birth of Jesus, the light of the world.
Isaiah prophesied of Jesus’s light in Isaiah 60:20
20 Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow will end.
John the Baptist testified to this light in John 1:1-9
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
Jesus gave us his promise in John 8:12 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Revelations testifies to the New Jerusalem and elimination of darkness in Rev. 21:22-25
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
During our prayer time together we call the light into our presence, the darkness fades, and we are surrounded by hope and a future. The triune light is displayed on our table and we are reminded of the presence of light and the promise that even during the longest night, as we follow Jesus, we will never walk in darkness.
What do we do with this knowledge of certainty and light? We are called in Isaiah to share our knowledge and to be that light to all nations. Today and this week read the scriptures from Isaiah, John, and Revelations to be reminded that we are to proclaim that darkness is defeated as light is born on Christmas Day.