The Transfiguring Influence of Prayer
“And when [Moses] came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant.” (Exodus 34:34-35 NIV)
All true prayer has a transfiguring influence. It brings us into the immediate presence of God. The holy of holies in the ancient temple, where the Shekinah was, was no holier than where you bow every time you pray. You are looking up into the face of Christ Himself. John was not nearer to Him, lying on His breast, than you are in your praying. One cannot thus look up into the face of Christ and not have some measure of transfiguration wrought in him.
Then prayer is the reaching up of the soul toward God. It lifts the life for the time into the highest, holiest frame. A prayerful spirit is full of aspirations for God. Its longings are pressing up Godward. No mood of spiritual life is more blessed than longing. It is God in the soul kindling its desires and yearnings for righteousness and holiness. It is the transfiguring of the spirit which purifies these dull earthly lines of ours, and changes them, little by little, into the divine image.
-J.R. Miller (excerpted from the devotional book When You Call upon the Lord, compiled and edited by Charles A. Cook)
As Christians, we grow steadily under the right conditions. And what are those conditions? The Bible exhorts us to crave the pure spiritual milk of the Word of God, so that we will grow in our faith (1 Peter 2:2). Scripture also tells us that as we spend time in the presence of the Lord, beholding his glory, we’re being transformed into his image through his Holy Spirit!
So let’s take heart today! Aren’t we all different than when we were first saved? Perhaps we’re not what we want to be, but we’re certainly not what we used to be. Why are we changing? Because we are gradually yet steadily growing in our faith when we spend time in the presence of God and in his Word.
Read 2 Corinthians 3:12-18.