But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Ephesians 5:13
For a long time, one of my consistent prayers is thanking Jesus for bringing into the light that which hides in the dark. Especially in our community and neighboring communities. He is always so faithful to answer this prayer. But, what do we do with what is brought into the light? Most times, what has been hiding in the dark is unpleasant, shocking, sad and can cause feelings of frustration, anger or overwhelming anxiety. Having these feelings is okay, after all God created us with emotions and feelings. I believe what is important is what we do with these feelings. Will we allow them to drive our behavior in a negative way, or will we do what Jesus always did whenever he was faced with something to heavy for him to carry; He prayed. Scripture tells of the many times Jesus would go off and pray to his Father, especially when something was troubling him.
Please don’t ever underestimate the power of prayer. Lest you think you are not a “prayer warrior”, think again. It is part of your identity in Christ. We are to pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:16). Precious One, ask Jesus to start bringing the things that hide in the darkness into the light. And, don’t stop there, when he does, and he will, pray for the situation. Thank the Holy Spirit for laying his seed of salvation deep into the souls of those who were hiding in the dark. Thank Jesus that those in the dark choose Him! Thank God, I call him Papa, for protecting those in the dark who come into the light from the evil one who will attempt to steal away their newfound trust in Him! Hallelujah!
Finally, did you catch the hope in the above verse from Ephesians? All things become visible when they are exposed to the light, everything that becomes visible is light! Jesus is the Light of the world, (John 8:12), exposing the darkness, and I encourage you not to be discouraged when you hear of the messy ugliness that is exposed by the Light. Rather, rejoice that Jesus has done this and continue to thank him for the good work he has begun and will finish. Join Him; co-labor with Him through prayer.