Read Gen. 1:2-5
The earth was a wasteland; an undistinguishable ruin; emptiness and void. Darkness, misery, death, destruction, ignorance, wickedness, and sorrow (all definitions of darkness in the Hebrew) was upon the face of the deep. The deep is an abyss of surging water. It was like the whole earth was a black hole of water. When the fallen angels were thrown here they totally changed the nature of the planet. God always brings peace and order to chaos. In verse 3 God spoke to this mass of evil and said let there be light. It wasn’t just a physical light that God proclaimed over the evil it was illumination which includes happiness, clearness, and morning. It didn’t come from a source like the sun because the sun wasn’t created till day 4; it was total light with no shadow. I wonder if it was like turning on the light in a room full of roaches that scatter everywhere looking for a dark place to hide. What did the demons do with this light? But then God did a strange thing: he divided the light from the darkness and clarified the difference. God hates mixture; he clearly defines righteousness and evil and whoever eats the fruit from them will reap the results. He gave a name to light which is Day and he gave a name to darkness which is Night. How interesting that the first thing God did when he started was to proclaim what was good and what was evil. Notice that he created with his words. He spoke, not thought, the world into being. That should help us with our prayers. Sometimes thinking a prayer is not enough. We need to speak it out loud and get the power of God moving through our spoken words. Our words are like trumpets through the gates of hell and the hallways of heaven. Notice, also that the day starts with evening and ends in morning - another principle of God. He starts with a sinner and ends with an enlightened saint. That should encourage us as we move toward the light.
Lord, help us to see the greatness of your power and the power of your words. Let our words ring out salvation and healing to our dark and diseased world.