Praying the song of Simeon 4
Luke 2: 32 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Simeon quotes Isaiah 49. “You will do more than restore the people of Israel to me. I will make you a light to the Gentiles, and you will bring my salvation to the ends of the earth” (49:6). Jesus is the one who shines God’s light for all nations and brings God’s salvation to all people.
The Christmas lights may be down now and what was glistening has gone. Houses are not beaming their lights down the street. It seems darker now.
I was asking someone yesterday what it was like in their home. Sadly they portrayed a darkness all too familiar in this world.
There are people near you today and the lights have gone down, they have been boxed away and they face darkness.
But you are holding Jesus!! You are hosting His presence. The light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you (Isaiah 60)
And so we declare …
To those who once walked in the promises of their God but now wallow in self-pity, bitterness and hurt – YOU CAN RISE AND SHINE AGAIN.
To those who have long since given up the fight, their armour and weapons of war are stored up with dust, their youthful passion for souls and their energy to give up all for one soul to find Jesus is now a faint dream, hear the wake-up call – YOU CAN RISE AND SHINE AGAIN.
To those who couldn’t hold on any longer, something had to give, you gave away your destiny, you broke up your potential, you ruined your desires and were ruined by new ones. You can regain your footing, it’s time to walk – YOU CAN RISE AND SHINE AGAIN.
To those who came under a stronghold that so gripped their life it paralysed them. An area of your life is now not functioning like it used to, you feel a lesser man, as a woman you feel your beauty has been taken, you are tarnished, you are stained and impure. But listen – get up – YOU CAN RISE AND SHINE AGAIN.
It may be that for the shouting it’s all over, your faith is dead, your anointing is dead, that relationship is dead, you cannot pretend anymore, you have got to be realistic and say ‘It’s over’. It’s never over till the Master has touched you and called you to get up. YOU CAN RISE AND SHINE AGAIN.
Here is my prayer
Light of the world
Let your glory shine through me to those around me today.
Every word that comes from my mouth let it be filled with bright hope.
Let me brighten the darkness.
I arise and choose to shine today.