And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed… (v. 29).
The older I become, the more I realize the importance of prayer. Praying is a transforming process. As we steadily learn to surrender ourselves, God changes us into the likeness of Christ. In prayer we release our will, our worldview, and our insistence upon doing things our way. We also gain Christ-like eyes, ears, and speech, and find ourselves with hearts more able to love.
Jesus’ transfiguration is the ultimate example of how prayer leads to transformation. The disciples witness Jesus’ full glory while he was praying. During his transfiguration on the mountain, Luke lets us glimpse who Jesus is and will forever be. Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Chosen One. His radiance is so spectacular that Luke calls it dazzling.
At a time when I desperately needed it, my dear friend Deborah gave me the small devotional book, Jesus, Day by Day with Blessed Charles De Foucauld and His Family. In these pages, Brother Charles writes that we find the best experiences of prayer in those places where we find the most love.
This Valentine’s Day, may we celebrate the truth that loving our neighbors as we love ourselves is the way of Christ. We enter this way of love, and live out its reality, through prayer. In prayer, God’s Spirit empowers us to become agents of God’s love. We know that praying is an activity of faith, but do we see how essential it is for our transformation? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give our lives to God in such a way that God uses them to dazzle the world with an abundance of Christ’s radiant love?
What does releasing your life to God through prayer look like? What transformation needs to occur within you?
Radiant God, transform us into agents of your grace, mercy, and love. Give us hearts that love one another and dazzle the world. Amen.