Read: Luke 11: 33-36
When I'm awoken in the middle of the night by a crying child, I roll out of bed and head out of the room to tend to that child. In those first moments of complete darkness, I shuffle cautiously around the house, lest I trip over a clothes basket or a toy and wake the entire family. My steps are unsure and half-expecting an unpleasant interaction with a doorjamb or misplaced pair of shoes.
Several months ago I was given a packet of night-lights to put along the hallways and staircase, and what a difference they've made! I can now walk with confidence and avoid the pitfalls scattered about by two little boys.
In no small way our spiritual lives are similar. Christians have been given a light that illuminates our steps and reveals the characteristics of the path we are taking. Is it safe, or is it fraught with stumbling blocks and deep potholes waiting to swallow us up? Would it have made sense to put those night-lights in a drawer and continue taking my chances while stumbling through the darkness?
Why do we so often hide the light we've been given and settle for stumbling? Even more so, how many friends and loved ones do we see moving aimlessly through their lives, and never once share the light of Christ with them? We often describe this world as a dark place, but do we ask ourselves why? Perhaps it's a matter of where we put our light. Is your light on a lampstand illuminating your part of this world, or is it under a basket allowing the darkness to persist and feet to stumble?
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God to help you be a faithful steward of your time, talents, possessions, and relationships. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have. Intercede for your local, state, and national governments. Pray for spiritual revival in the nation and offer prayers regarding any current events and concerns.