Psalm 18:28 NKJV – Pushing back the darkness

For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.

It occurred to me some time ago, that a very small light will illuminate a very large space. Where I live, it is a frequent occurrence that our power goes out. Now this is not a condemnation of our electric company, it’s just a reality. Something seems to happen on a regular basis that causes our lights to go out anywhere from an hour to about 4 hours. Some of the power outages are a result of storms, while others are not. In those instances, when I have called the electric company, they have told me that some driver hit a utility pole and knocked out a power transformer.

Well what generally happens is that my wife goes to the coat closet and pulls out our “Coleman” fluorescent lantern. The kind used for camping and such. Well, I have this little pocket flashlight. It’s rather small but it sure throws out the light. It has LED lights and it seems to last a very long time. This act of getting out my flashlight led me to some thinking one night when there were no lights. That little flashlight with its little bulbs pushes back the darkness in the room.

Think about that statement for a little bit – pushes back the darkness. I thought, “I bet that if I were in a very long tunnel that was completely dark, that little light could be seen for nearly the entire length of the tunnel.”

Now let’s think about this a little deeper. God’s Word says that Jesus is the Light of the World (John 1:8-9) and that night when my power was out, God revealed to me that when we pray, it too, pushes back the darkness. The darkness of the enemy. Prayer brings our need into God’s eternal light. Prayer brings the needs of others into God’s eternal light. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2 NKJV)

As part of our church’s Prayer Ministry, my wife and I give out little LED flashlights and we share with those wanting to be a part that their prayers push back the darkness of the enemy. And every time they take out their little flashlight to use, it should remind them of that fact. Prayer brings God’s eternal light into any and all darkness. So go out to your toolbox or into your junk drawer and find your flashlight. Turn off all of the lights and see what transpires when you turn on the flashlight. Or better yet, go out to your local hardware store and pick up a little key-chain LED flashlight and keep it with you. Use it as a reference point to pray for whomever the Lord places on your heart. Keep the light shining for where there is light there cannot be any darkness. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.” (Psalm 112:4)

Dear Lord, thank You that You are the Light of the World. Thank You that Your light surpasses all darkness and we find Your glory within it. Help us Lord to be a light in this dark world by pushing back the darkness in prayer. Hear our prayers Oh Lord. Enable us and strengthen us to remain steadfast in prayer each day. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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