Sunday, December 1st, 2019
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering" (Luke 9:29 KJV)
Many times, people pray, "O God, let your glory rest upon me." But in the New Testament, that's a wrong prayer. Many pray that way because they admire what happened with Moses in the Old Testament; the glory of God that came upon Him and rested on his countenance. But we have something better than that today, because the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of glory, lives in us.
What we have in us is a more excellent glory; a surpassing glory: "For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious" (2 Corinthians 3:10-11). Read our theme verse again; it says, "And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering." It shows what happened to Jesus as He prayed at the Mount of transfiguration: He was transfigured; there was so much glory radiating from Him that His appearance was altered. But that glory and power was from within.
The same thing happens when we pray. There're two things that we do that get us transfigured and have the glory literally resplendent on our countenance. The more you do them, the more of that transfiguration you'd experience. The first is praying in tongues. The Bible says, "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself..." (1 Corinthians 14:4); you're charged, edified and built up, like you build the power of a battery, which means your light glows. Hallelujah!
Jude 1:20 says, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost." This must be the type of prayer that Jesus prayed, that in the spirit, they could see a transfiguration. Secondly, every time you pray the Word, it happens to you too. Yes, you're transfigured from glory to glory.
The more accurately the Word of God comes through your spirit in prayer the more you glow in the spirit. This will help you understand why you should pray all the time. When you pray, you're transfigured, and the more you stay in that glory, the more you carry its effect along with you. Hallelujah!
CONFESSION Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for your Word that has come to my spirit today; as I speak in tongues even now, I'm transformed in every area of my life, from glory to glory, and the light of your Word shines forth brightly in me, in Jesus' Name Amen.
FURTHER STUDY Matthew 17:1-2; Acts 6:15; Exodus 34:29
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
1 John 2:15; 1 John 3:1-10; Ezekiel 45-46
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: John 16:23-33; 2 Chronicles 3-4