Being Transformed Through Prayer

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

(1 John 3:2)

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

(2 Corinthians 3:18)

There is coming a very real day that we will see Jesus face to face; and in that moment we will be completely transformed into His likeness. We will soon shine like the stars. Can you imagine being fully in the likeness of perfect beauty? There will be no more lies in our minds or death in our bodies. There will be no effects of sin within us, besides unending gratefulness of His redemption. Ever since I came upon these verses, it has been my prayer,

“Lord, if this is what happens when I see you fully as you are, then I want to see as much of you that I can in this side of eternity!”

Now it is true that when you put your faith in Christ, that you are made new, filled with His righteousness. It is a glorious free gift! And yet, being filled with His Spirit is the deposit guarantee of the promised age to come (2 Corinthians 1:22). We are going from glory to glory in this life. It is like Paul who claimed to not yet have arrived, but is continually reaching for the prize (Philippians 3:12).

I have spent much wasted energy towards trying to walk in righteousness in my own strength. I find that my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak; therefore Jesus says to pray (Matthew 26:41). It is in prayer that we behold Jesus. It is the simple conversation; the word in our hands and the Holy Spirit breathing upon our hearts. The greatest expression of Glory in our lives is seen in loving God, and we need His love burning in our hearts to be able to walk in love.

The Lord desires to reveal more of Himself to our hearts throughout our daily lives. It is the focused hours behind closed doors in prayer that fuel the conversation throughout the day. As we take the time in his word to receive the truth of who God is and who we are in His eyes, we have substance for the mundane and busyness of life. And in gathered times of prayer, we are emboldened in a life of devotion.

Written by Zack Roberts

ember prayer room | norman, oklahoma