“His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Mathew 17:2)
Jesus was transfigured while praying. Prayer is essential for one to rise and shine. Jesus valued prayer as his breath. He might have always had the thinking that He should keep praying and maintain relationship with God. So He departed to a solitary place and prayed there. (Mark 1:35). He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God (Luke 6:32).
The prayerful life of a man makes his life to shine. Secondly it makes his family to shine. Thirdly it makes his service to God to shine. “As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening” (Luke 9:29).
“When Jesus was baptized, the heavens were opened to Him immediately when He came out of water” (Mathew 3:16). When Jesus was praying in Gethsemane an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him (Luke 22:43). Jesus prayed for the entire night to choose His disciples. After praying Jesus was able to feed 5000 persons with five loaves and two fishes. Dear children of God, if you wish to rise and shine you need to increase your prayer time.
By prayer a big revival was seen in the Church of Paul Yang Cho located in Korea. More than ten lakhs of people became members of the church. He said “there are three reasons for the revival and they are 1. prayer, 2. prayer and 3. prayer.
It was the prayerful life which enabled John Wesley to shine. He used to stay within his locked room for two or three days to pray with tears, sigh and loudness before every meeting. After this, when He delivers God’s Word, every word will come out like fire from his mouth. Hearing him, people will feel pierced in their hearts and will surrender themselves.
Dear children of God, meditate more on the Cross of Calvary during your prayers. Bible says “They looked to Him and were radiant and their faces were not ashamed.” (Psalm 34:5). Your prayer unites you with the heaven. Heaven is a shining nation of Glory. There will be no darkness or night there.
When Peter was kept in prison, constant prayer was offered to God by the church. Then an angel of the Lord stood by him and a light shone in the prison. The anger struck Peter on his side raised him up saying to arise quickly. Peter was released. Pray that the chains of the enemy are broken.
To meditate: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined” (Isaiah 9:2)