“You Will Be Changed” (Part Two)
March 16, 2019
“We know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2)
Prayer is more powerful than simple conversation. Prayer doesn’t just change circumstances; it changes us. Luke wrote about a transformational experience that Jesus had when he prayed.
“Jesus…took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning” (Luke 9:28-29, NIV).
Matthew gave us a few more details. “His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light” (Matthew 17:2).
This moment on the mountain became known as The Transfiguration. The word transfiguration isn’t often used today. The New Testament was written in ancient Greek, and the original Greek word translated as transfiguration is metemorphothe. The more familiar English word is metamorphosis. It means to remodel, or to change into another form.
As Jesus prayed, he changed fundamentally, and his friends saw it and knew it. It was not just an inner change, but a change that affected his relationships, his body, his facial expression, even his clothing. He was transformed, his divinity overtaking his humanity.
Think of how a larva transforms into a butterfly. The same creature is remade into something far more elevated and beautiful. Jesus transformed from a humble carpenter into a light-filled, gloriously divine Savior.
We experience the same fundamental transformation when we pray. When we encounter a Living God, his divine power transforms us from the inside out. As our heart changes, our outward person begins to reveal that change. Just like Jesus’ disciples could see this visible manifestation of an inward change, the people in our world will begin to see who God is reshaping us to become. As we reach for Jesus in prayer, we become like him.
- Pray that as we seek God in prayer, that we would also seek for him to change our hearts and minds and draw us closer to him. That God would change us from the inside out.
- Pray for God to reveal himself to you and that Jesus would change you to be like him.