Our Lord Himself returned to His former glory, the glory of heaven, for a passing moment on the Mount of Transfiguration: “Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. . . . A bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him” (Matthew 17:1-2, 5, NASB)!
This text gives us a passing glimpse of heaven, the place in which God dwells. To begin to pray biblically, we are to locate our thoughts, our praises, our prayers not on earthly reality, but on the God who dwells in unapproachable light, whose sinless perfection is so holy that we experience utter inadequacy to stand, let alone speak before His reality. We are to recognize that God lives there (even as we do not), and that our highest aspirations and hopes are far below the lowest thought of that magnificent place of existence—and that God would raise us to that place.
Spend some time thinking of heaven. Decide to export heaven’s glorious power to earth by first entering into its reality in your praises.
Lord Jesus, Your word has given me many glorious descriptions of heaven. Help me to learn how to focus upon the God “who dwells in unapproachable light” and whose holiness reveals my sinful state. Comfort my spirit in knowing that You are perfecting me day by day and preparing me to live with You forever.
–Taken from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka
Praise God as the Father of the fatherless and the defender of the helpless. Give thanks that, even in large cities, God’s eye is on the small and defenseless and alone (Jon. 4:11). Confess those times when you have not remembered by prayer or material aid those in your community who have needed your help (Mt. 25:35-40). Commit yourself to looking at others through the compassionate eyes of your Father. Ask him to pull you out of your comfort zone and into the needs of others.
Ask God to help you see where other family members feel helpless or alone and to allow you to bear their burdens with them (Gal. 6:2).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend