I – illumination
I have heard C.J. Mahaney asking God in prayer to illuminate our hearts before he gives the message. I find that to be refreshing as compared to soften our hearts. There is something about that specific direction of illuminating – bringing light to something. St. Augustine believed that our wisdom does not come from intellect but from divine illumination from God. My heart must be soft to receive but God must show me how to apply His Word to my life.
Our 5th way to find healing God's way is to ask him to illuminate what the real problem is. You can call it conviction/correction, help/ wisdom … whatever you call it ask God to show you what your heart is hurting about. You may think it is what was said or done. But, chances are it goes deeper than that if it hasn't been healed yet.
You may start by asking God:
- What is his hurt really about?
- When did this start?
- What do you think about it?
- How do you want me to respond?
- Is there something about this you want to reveal to me?
Spending time in prayer asking God to illuminate the situation and giving you wisdom about how He sees it will be better than any questions I could raise. Since God is light, when you spend time with Him, He will bring light to your situation. (I John 1:5)
Scriptures to pray over:
James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
Psalm 43:3 “Send out your light and your truth;let them lead me;let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!”
Job 12:22 “He uncovers deeps out of darkness and brings deep darkness to light.”
Psalm 90:8 “You have set our iniquities before you,our secret sins in the light of your presence.”
Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”
Mark 4:22 “For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.”
Praying for you to see and hear today so you can see what God is illuminating in your life.
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