Prayer Can Transform Faces

As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.Luke 9:29 NIV

We’ve all heard that familiar saying that prayer changes things, but can prayer actually change our faces? I think it can.

The Bible gives us examples of faces transformed by prayer. The scripture above refers to the day Jesus took three of his disciples—Peter, James, and John—up onto a mountain to pray with him. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined what was about to unfold. As Jesus prayed, his face changed and his clothes turned bright as lightning. A transformation (known to Christians as the transfiguration) took place and the disciples were allowed to see Jesus in his glory. Just thinking of it leaves me in awe.

Moses’ face was also changed by spending time with God. After God met with Moses on Mt. Sinai and engraved the Ten Commandments on stone tablets for the Israelites, the Bible tells us that “[Moses’] face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.” (Exodus 34:29 NIV)

Think of Paul and Silas. After they were severely flogged and thrown into prison, they prayed together and even sang hymns as the other prisoners listened to them. Scripture doesn’t mention the expression on their faces, but it’s safe to assume that as their prayers gave way to hymns, the distress on their faces must have been replaced by peace and even joy.

Yes, our faces often reflect what’s going on in our hearts and lives, don’t they? When we pray and tell God our burdens and hopes and as we give him our thanks and praise, our faces will indeed show the peace and comfort, joy and refreshment, and even strength or determination he’s imparted to us.

So is prayer transforming our faces today, this week, this year? Can people see God’s love and care reflected there? Oh, may it be so! Let’s allow prayer—time we spend with God—to change our faces!

“Those who look to him are radiant;” Psalm 34:5 NIV

*When was the last time you felt your face change as you prayed?

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Wedding Reminder: It’s All About Love

February—the month of love—is upon us, Mother of the Bride. Why not let it remind us that a wedding is all about love. People who love one another—family and friends—join together to celebrate the love of a very special couple becoming one, becoming man and wife.

In the midst of managing a multitude of details and troubleshooting one situation after another, MOB, it’s easy to lose sight of love. I encourage you to take a few minutes for quiet reflection. Set aside thoughts of attire and décor, of lists and menus, and focus on love—the love your daughter and her groom have for one another, the love you have for your sweet girl, and the love you all share for the family and friends invited to be a part of the celebration of a lifetime. Nothing else matters if love is trampled on.

So let love carry you, MOB, as you labor to give your daughter and her beloved a wonderful wedding celebration. Let it inspire you to do your very best, but also let it free you to focus on what’s truly important—people, relationships, love, memories.

Mother of the Bride, you will set the tone for wedding planning with your daughter. And you will play a huge part in setting the tone for the big day itself. Here is where you need to shine, MOB. Let the tone you set be love!

*You might also like to read Spirit and Soul Refreshment for the Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Bride – Needed and Loved, and Mother of the Bride, You Are Appreciated!

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