Don’t you love what light does when it shines through a stained glass window—how it plays with the colors and manifests an even greater beauty in addition to the beauty already inherent in the artwork itself? Even when a ray of light comes through a colorless pane of glass in a regular window, it can be brilliantly effective enough to attract us as we gaze upon it—or better yet, position ourselves to let the light fall over us. I had a cat that always sought out the best rays of light coming from one of the small four-paned windows in our house, and it curled up for a nice nap in the warmth of the sun streaming in. I remember one time I laid down next to the cat to soak up some of those toasty rays of light myself. I found in the short time I was there that I was strengthened and rejuvenated. Most people—and most animals as well—are attracted to light. We find it invigorating. Though we seek a dark and quiet place to sleep, we don’t want to stay there all the time. We need light to live.
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). Without His spiritual light coming into our lives when we receive Him, we would find ourselves stumbling in the dark times. We need Him to illuminate our mind, soul, and spirit in every way possible. And He is the only one who is able to do that. All other lights eventually go out, but not the light that comes from Him. His light is unchanging, and it never fails. That’s because He is unchanging, and He never fails. Every time you worship Him—and all that He is—you invite the light of His presence to shine in your heart, transforming you and illuminating your prayers.
This excerpt is from The Power of a Praying Wife Illuminated Prayers by Stormie Omartian
Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author of more than 40 million books sold. The Power of a Praying® series includes The Power of a Praying® Wife, The Power of a Praying® Woman; and The Power of a Praying® Parent. Her other books include Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On; Lead Me, Holy Spirit; Prayer Warrior; Transforming Love; The Power of Praying® Through Fear; and Out of Darkness. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married more than 48 years. They are the parents of two married children and have two granddaughters.