A Prayer for Illumination of Our Path

The Bible says in Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Recently, our family went on a camping trip in a beautiful, heavily-wooded state park. During the night, my son woke me, as he was in need of a bathroom break. I felt around the bottom of the tent for the flashlight and pushed the button. Nothing happened. I was sure I checked to make sure it was working before we left. I tried again. Still, nothing happened.

“Come on, Sweet Pea,” I said. “We’re going to have to feel our way to the bathroom.” As we started along the dark path, we tripped over rocks and bumped into trees. How I kicked myself for not bringing an extra set of batteries!

In the distance, we could see a faint light that we hoped was the bathroom, but we could see nothing along our pathway. Even the light of the moon and stars was obscured by the massive pine trees and thick underbrush.

By the time we finally made it to the bathroom in the forest, we were scraped, scratched, stressed and thankful. If only I had been wise and prepared properly . . .

It is a simple example, but like the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25, it illustrates our foolishness at not keeping Christ as the constant illuminating source for our lives.

When the Israelites built the Tabernacle, they were commanded to bring pure oil of pressed olives to keep the lamps burning continually (Exodus 27:20). That lamp was both symbolic and practical.

If we spend time developing a personal relationship with God, He illuminates our path. Psalm 18:28 says, “You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”

Since Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12), He can illuminate your path, too.

Dear Father in Heaven,

We thank You for being the light of world. We thank You and praise You for illuminating our path as You did that of Paul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).

We ask that You would make our hearts soft and pliable as we read Your word in order that it may be a light to our path. Help us to be obedient to the things that we read in Your word, too, Father.

Thank You for showing us the great error of our ways and turning us from our sin through the power of Your holy word, Lord.

Father, we ask that You would keep us firmly rooted and grounded in Your word daily that You may be able to illuminate our path daily.

We thank You and praise You for breaking the power of death and illuminating the way of life and immortality through Your Good News (2 Timothy 1:10).

May we forever walk in the light as You are in the light, that we may have fellowship with each other and be cleansed from sin (1 John 1:7).

We ask all these things in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.



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