Mal 4:2 “But for you who revere my name, the sun ofrighteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  
 I enjoy hunting. One of my favorite things is to be outearly in the morning and watch the woods come alive around me. Right before thelight of dawn the first birds start to sing, keeping the music going as othersjoin in to welcome the first rays of light into the woods.
  Suddenly the sun comes up over the hill; the warmth of itsfirst rays penetrating the cold air, bringing relief from the cold around me. Squirrelsstart searching for acorns, and turkeys begin to cluck and call to each otherfrom the roost.     
 I love it! I often sit there andmeditate on scripture or an attribute of God. Sometimes I’ll pray for a personI know that needs Jesus.  I see a parallelbetween what I witness in the woods and what happens when we pray for someonewho needs to be saved.
Just like the woods become cold and dark in the night, thelost also live in the cold darkness of separation from the light of Christ.Trapped in darkness and everlasting night, they have no hope for the sun torise in them apart from saving faith in Jesus Christ.  

Isa 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a greatlight; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 
         However, when we pray for them, we will see the first lightof the gospel begin to come up in the horizon of their lives- that first glowof dawn shining in the darkness. When we couple prayer with sharing what adifference Jesus has made in our lives…well, we will see the light of Jesusburst forth and begin to warm the coldest of hearts!

Matt 5:14-16   “You are the light of the world. A cityon a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it undera bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in thehouse. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may seeyour good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Jesus is the sun of the morning bringing healing to those trapped in darkness. He is the great light that people living in the shadow of death will see! It is our job to first pray for those who are trapped in darkness and share the truth of the gospel with them. Then we need to live a God -honoring life shinning the light of Christ within us upon others, showing them the way to salvation!



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