PRINCIPLES FROM THE PRAYER LIFE OF JESUS: THE PRINCIPLE OF TRANSFORMATION (2)

In Luke 9:28-29 the bible says: “He took Peter, John and James with Him and went up on a mountain to pray. As He was praying the appearance of His face changed and His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightening.” 

Prayer changes you.

Do you think it’s possible to spend so much time with God that when you come away your face shows it? 2 Corinthians 3:18 says, “We all with unveiled faces behold the glory of the Lord.” As we look on Him “we are transformed from one degree to another.” The word in that passage is the word katoptrizo . It’s the only time that word is used in the entire Bible. It means” to seriously look at, to contemplate, to meditate, to gaze on like somebody gazing in a mirror.” As we gaze on the word, as we reflect on the word, spending time with the word in prayer, like a mirror reflects, we become more and more like Christ. And we’re transformed!

Transformation in the place of prayer is a product of continual fellowship with the father!

Before this experience in Luke 9 Jesus has often been mentioned as spending a great deal of time in fellowship and prayer with the father! The 'transformative experience' here wasn't just a product of the prayer in Luke 9 but a cumulative spiritual effect of his daily fellowship with the father!

As we spend time with God we become more and more like him! Of the Apostles it was said in Acts 4:13, '.... they took knowledge(notice) of them that they had been with Jesus.' Their presence could not be denied. Transformation commands attraction! You can't be transformed and people won't take notice!

Before the Holy Ghost came in Acts 2 the apostles had been in prayer for many days and were transformed when the power came. Acts 1: 14-15 gave a roaster of them who had been in continual fellowship and prayers with the father.

'And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.  These all *continued* with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.'(Acts 1:13-14 KJV)

The key word is they 'continued'. Their continuation in prayer in Acts 1 gave birth to their transformation in Acts 2! How best do you explain the transformation of Peter from been denier of Jesus to becoming the first that will preach him publicly after his resurrection!

Mind you this fellowship in prayers didn't wane when the power and transformation came, in Acts 6:4 the apostles made it clear, nothing will remove our fellowship with the father: ‘we will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the word'! Moses also was with the father and his countenance radiates glory. Transformation makes you a carrier of his greater glory!

Continuity for in the place of prayer is the key to transformation and transformation is the key to the full manifestation of your glory. Whatever robs you of your time of fellowship with the father robs you of an encounter with His glory!

Our daily pursuit should be fellowship and intimacy with the father. This what breeds transformation: ‘But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’(2 Corinthians 3:18)

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