Reflect Prayer >> Exodus 34
Heavenly Father, your name is worthy to be praised. Let all the nations praise you. Sun, moon, and stars, highest heavens and deepest depths, praise Yahweh’s holy name. Let all seafarers & land dwellers, stargazers & cybernauts, soldiers & athletes, entrepreneurs & priests praise our Lord Jesus. Praise the Lord, you mountains & valleys, fruit trees & forests, wild predators & domestic herds, small creatures in dens & birds soaring upon the winds. Destitute beggars & enthroned princes, single working mothers & wealthy celebrities, great grandparents & newborn infants, slaves & saints, let us all praise the Holy Spirit. Let all our voices join in with this melodious symphony of praise, for the name of the LORD is the only one we raise. We behold your extraordinary splendor; we delight in your infinite wonder. We lift you up Jesus, we wave your banner and sing, “Hosanna in the highest!” that all the nations will worship you. (Psalm 148 paraphrase)
Radiant Glory > When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he returned they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord. (Exodus 34 NIV)
Father, like the rising sun that shines, from the darkness comes a light, I hear your voice say, “This is my awakening!” This story grieves our hearts, because Israel did not want to share in the glory you poured out over Moses. But today is a new day! And our hearts worship with gladness because an even greater glory has been poured out in this Age of the Holy Spirit, Immanuel, God With Us.
Spirit of Peace, you never leave us, you never forsake us. We are free of all condemnation, because we are baptized in the blood of the Lamb and hidden within the folds of your righteous robes, King Jesus Messiah. No more veils are needed, no more holding back, no more longing for something greater, for the greater has come: you are here with us Holy Spirit. We cherish your presence, we treasure your faithfulness, and we rest in your embrace as you shepherd our every step, decision, desire, and dream.
Beholding Jesus > When the living beings moved, the wheels moved with them. The spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. When the beings moved, the wheels moved. When the beings stopped, the wheels stopped. Spread out above them was a surface like the sky, glittering like crystal. As they flew, their wings sounded like waves crashing against the shore or like the voice of the Almighty or like the shouting of a mighty army. Above this surface was something that looked like a throne made of blue lapis lazuli. And on this throne high above was a figure whose appearance resembled a man. From what appeared to be his waist up, he looked like gleaming amber, flickering like a fire. And from his waist down, he looked like a burning flame, shining with splendor. All around him was a glowing halo, like a rainbow shining in the clouds on a rainy day. This is what the glory of the Lord looked like to me. When I saw him, I fell face down on the ground, and he began to speak to me. (Ezekiel 1 NLT)
Father, we see that Jesus is greater and more glorious than we can imagine or understand. Thank your for unveiling to your prophets of old these dreams & visions of the Son of Man’s majesty. Because your Spirit dwells in these living beings, they are aligned with you, bound within perfect, divine harmony. They go wherever you go, turn wherever you say turn, rise when you rise, dive when you dive, and rest whenever you call for sabbath. Father, restore our wonder at your glory, refresh our awe at your story.
Father, forgive us when we embrace you, confessing our love for you, and then quench your Spirit, silence your voice, and behave as if you dwell in some faraway temple. You’re here with us, so awaken my soul to the promised presence of the Spirit. Awaken my soul to Jesus’ revelation river flowing through my spirit, mind, and body. Awaken my soul to the living overflow of the One who sent our Master of Sorrows to be crushed beneath the weight of all mankind’s collective rebellion spanning an entire age, to be fastened to creation, a tree dying so that the King could die, so that I can die and be reborn in the life and liberty of Jesus Messiah. My Redeemer lives, and now I am alive forever. Hallelujah!
Transformation Spectacle > Jesus took his disciples Peter, Jacob, and John, and hiked up a high mountain to be alone. Then Jesus’ appearance was dramatically altered. A radiant light as bright as the sun poured from his face. And his clothing became luminescent—dazzling like lightning. He was transfigured before their very eyes. Then suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared, and they spoke with Jesus. Peter blurted out, “Lord, it’s so wonderful that we are all here together! If you want, I’ll construct three shrines, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” But while Peter was still speaking, a radiant cloud composed of light spread over them, enveloping them all. And God’s voice suddenly spoke from the cloud, saying, “This is my dearly loved Son, the constant focus of my delight. Listen to him!” The three disciples were dazed and terrified by this phenomenon, and they fell facedown to the ground. But Jesus walked over and touched them, saying, “Get up and stop being afraid.” When they finally opened their eyes and looked around, they saw no one else there but Jesus. (Matthew 17 TPT)
Father, thank you for the reflections of your glory. Thank you Jesus for reflecting our Father’s limitless love. Thank you Holy Spirit for reflecting our Father’s peacemaking mission. When we behold Jesus, we see glimpses of you. When we hear the Spirit and receive your gifts and blessings, we perceive reflections of your bewildering grace and exceptional mercy. And our heart’s cry today is for the nations, for those who have not heard, for those who do not know, and for those who have heard, tasted, and seen, and yet still refuse to believe. “Awake, brothers and sisters around the world, awaken to the King of Glory! Hear the sound of his voice, and cast your idols into the sea. Open up the door that the King of Glory may come in!” Like the rising sun that shines, from the darkness comes a light, only you can raise a life. Awake my soul, sing praises to my King.
Brothers & sisters, right now is the best time to worship. Come, let’s praise Jesus together. Now is the time for us to give our hearts fully to the Living One. Let us worship just as we are: no more games, no more masks, no holding back. Let us put delay to death today. Gladly we choose to surrender our lives early and often; quickly we fall to our knees and bow in humility.
With all my heart, mind, soul, and strength, I choose to worship you every day Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Ancient of Days. Soon, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. One day, every soul will stand before the Creator and testify of their greatest treasure here on earth. As for me? I declare today that Jesus is my soul’s treasure, my everlasting reward, and my glorious inheritance. You, Lord Jesus, are the Only Source that will ever satisfy me, so I lay down and let go by faith.
Father, as I journey through my lifetime, as I daily fulfill my destiny, I consider the unique pathway you have laid out for my future and rest in your sovereign providence. Restore me to your design, that I may reflect your glory to the nations: reflecting your love to all tribes, reflecting your salvation to all wandering lives, reflecting your compassion to all who carry immense burdens, reflecting your power to all who despair under draining oppression, reflecting your grace to all who forsake forgiveness, reflecting courageous faith for all who are drowning in deafening defeat, reflecting hope that no matter how bad it gets, no matter who intense the storms, no matter how overwhelming the odds, greater is the Beautiful Holy Spirit within us than the bloodthirsty dragon raging about the nations seeking to deceive, distract, and destroy. Where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom. Whom the Son sets free, is truly free. Jesus’ perfect love drives away all fear.
Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of Yahweh. With all angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we praise the Lamb of God, we praise the Lion of Judah who was slain for the sins of the world. And we sing together, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty who was, and who is, and who is to come, world and age without end.” And we say, “Maranatha!” Jesus has come, Christ will return, come quickly, Shalom Messiah!
Amen. So be it. Grace & peace.
These song lyrics are scattered throughout this prayer > “Awakening” by Reuben Morgan & Chris Tomlin, and “Come, Now Is The Time To Worship,” by Brian Doerksen
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