As a budding photographer, I’ve recently been fascinated by light. I’ll find myself awed by the light streaming in a window in the afternoon, or the way light catches my baby’s eyes, or (especially) the magic of Golden Hour (that hour just before sunset, when the golden sun nears the horizon). If I could build my dream house, it would have big, beautiful windows everywhere.

Isn’t it fitting, then, that I love 2 Corinthians 4:4-6?

“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Jesus is our light. He shines on the dark places of our hearts. He illuminates.

Our family has been praying for a friend for many months, that he will see his need for Jesus. That he will understand who Jesus is and why he needs His salvation. That his eyes will be opened to the truth.

I find that praying with Scripture is a powerful thing, and yesterday I was praying 2 Corinthians 4:4-6 (the passage above) for this friend. God, don’t allow Satan to blind his mind, but instead illuminate his heart. Shine your light in the dark of his heart.

God is okay with my honesty, so I told him I’m discouraged that after months of begging, this friend still hasn’t had a spiritual breakthrough. I’m weary. God, do you hear me? Don’t you want his salvation, too? You are the all-powerful One; can’t you make it happen?

As I was crying out to God, I flipped the pages of my Bible, intending to read some of Psalm 119. But I was caught in prayer. To my shame, it’s not often I take the time to have conversations with God, and let me tell ya, I should do it more often.

After pouring out my heart, I opened my eyes.

And wouldn’t you know, God spoke to me through His Word. I mean, truly. I didn’t even look when I flipped those pages, so distracted by prayer, and this is where I landed:

Isaiah 9. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone…”

It was as if God was saying, “Lacey, I AM the One who illuminates hearts. You ask for something that I long for, too. Trust Me. I see you, I hear you, and I haven’t forgotten you.”

Our God is so gracious to speak to us through His Word. The light He shines into our hearts is a beautiful gift.

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Tell me, do you pray with Scripture? What are you praying for these days? How has God spoken to your heart recently?