“I just love Him!” Jan* told me as she emerged from her room at the retreat center after a time of listening prayer. Her face positively glowed. I’d just given the retreatants suggestions on how to give their heavenly Father space and opportunity to speak to their hearts. And Jan got it. I mean, she really got it.
“I didn’t even know relationship like this with Him was possible!” Jan said. She had heard from God very personally. The Holy Spirit in her spirit was crying, “Abba, Father.” I won’t soon forget the look of joy and wonder on Jan’s face. In fact, when I read Luke 9 this morning, I was reminded of her. “As [Jesus] was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white” (verse 29, NLT).
We’re not told what exactly happened to Jesus while He was talking with His Father, but we do know that His experience is not entirely unique. In Exodus 34:29 we’re told that Moses’ “face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.” And, trust me, Jan’s face was also glowing after God had spoken to her.
Will you and I glow when we pray? I don’t know. It’s a mystery, of course, and that’s not really the point. But I do know that consciously being quiet before Him, asking Him to manifest Himself, giving Him room to speak, and expecting Him to do so transforms me. That fact motivates me to take time alone with Him, quietly, with no agenda except to be in His presence. How about you?