“And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone.”-Exodus 34:35. (Read also II Corinthians 3:18.)
All true prayer has a transfiguring influence. It brings us into the immediate presence of God. The holy of holies in the ancient temple, where the Shekinah was, was no holier than where you pray. When you seek God in prayer, you look up into the face of Christ, Himself. John was not nearer to Him, at the Last Supper, than you are in your praying. You cannot look up into the face of Christ and not be changed somehow.
Prayer is the reaching up of the soul toward God. It lifts the life, for a time, into the highest, holiest frame. A prayerful spirit is full of aspirations for God. Its longings are pressing up God-ward. No mood of spiritual life is more blessed than longing to be with Him. God, Himself, is actually at work in the praying soul kindling a desire and yearning for righteousness and holiness. This is how our spirits are transfigured by God’s own Spirit which purifies these dull earthly lives of ours, and changes them, little by little, into the divine image.
- J. R. Miller