Arise and Shine
Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and dense darkness [all] peoples, but the Lord shall arise upon you [O Jerusalem], and His glory shall be seen on you.
And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Lift up your eyes round about you and see! They all gather themselves together, they come to you. Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried and nursed in the arms.
~ Isaiah 60:1-4 AMPC
We are now arising as the Church, as one, as the pressure and result of darkness covers the earth at an alarming rate. We are children of the Light born into a Kingdom of Light and nations come to our light. It is so easy to become as this verse in Isaiah 60 says “in depression and prostration”– flat and discouraged — but only when we look at, and constantly speak about, the darkness and its evil practices.
Yes, we acknowledge the facts that it’s dark and that dense darkness is on the peoples. Our solution came over two thousand years ago:
“Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.”
~ John 8:12
God’s Church is the Light of the World
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
~ Matthew 5:14-16 ESV
We have been born into the Kingdom of light, so we get to shine. We shine brighter the more time we spend gazing at and beholding Jesus and worshipping Him. We become lights in our workplaces, homes and everywhere we go. We carry such light that even our presence brings light. If we travel by public transport or stand in a queue we are emanating light.
This light changes the atmosphere and changes our world — piercing the thick darkness that covers the people. Our intercession is as a lampstand, and we need the oil of the Holy Spirit to sustain us and keep us alert, awaiting Jesus to move on our intercession.
“By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones).”
~ Ephesians 1:18
When we arise and shine, our good works are no longer hidden but seen, and this brings light to the world and glory to Jesus.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You. It has always been Your delight to see the glory you gave Jesus bring such light into the darkness and chaos of this sinful world. Thank you that Jesus, You have now called every one of Your people to shine radiant and glorious, overflowing with hope like a beacon of light helping others find their way to You. Lord, liberate our nation from darkness and the people of Australia from the dense darkness covering them, and transfer them into Your Kingdom of Light. As Your light shines through Your people, let the truth and revelation of abortion become seen for what it truly is, bringing a great move of repentance to reverse this curse off our land.
In Jesus’ powerful redeeming Name, we pray, Amen.
- We pray for a miracle to stop these bills. We ask You to send angels into parliament to fight the cultural mindsets as we pray; may Your mercy and power that raised Jesus from the dead realign the minds of parliamentarians, and the committees considering the bills. Thank you Jesus, that the victory is ours, because You have won the victory on the cross at Calvary.
- Lord, teach Your people, us, to truly arise and shine out of the places and circumstances that have kept us, so we may be carriers of Your light and hope to this dark and broken world.
- Lord, raise us, your Ecclesia, up into places of influence, bringing light to towns and cities — flood every rural area with the light of Your glory.
- Lord, smash the things that are causing the dense darkness and break the yokes of oppression over those who are meant to run to share the good news of the Gospel.
- Reverse the curse of Abortion off our land and her peoples today, Lord we pray.
- Lord, as Your church truly shines, let multitudes come into the Light of Life in You.
FAST + PRAY = LIFE
Today as we stand together ‘as one’ in prayer and fasting may the Lord:
STOP the proposed Abortion Reform Bill in South Australia – “Statutes Amendment (Abortion Law Reform) Bill.”
Push Back and eventually STOP Abortion in every state and territory in Australia!
SHIFT the culture of this Nation to Mercy, Peace, Righteousness and Justice
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