This Month's Promise

“He will call upon me, and I will answer him ... ”

- (Psalm 91:15)

Read: II Corinthians 3:12-18


“One thing I ask of the Lord, ... to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

One of the important aspects of our communication with God in prayer is adoration. “It is the quiet contemplation of God and His character that leads to a deeper love for Him and a greater dedication to Him”, writes Selwyn Hughes. Worship, generally speaking involves utterance, whereas adoration is the silent contemplation of God that takes place deep in the soul and is beyond words. Many of us suppose that communication with God is impossible without the utterance of words. But that is not so. A story is told of a devout peasant called Pierre Chaffangeon who used to remain for hours in front of the altar in the church at Ars, France, without even moving his lips. One day the priest asked him, “What do you say to the Lord as you sit before Him for these long hours?” “Oh, nothing”, replied the elderly peasant. “The Lord looks at me and I look at Him. There is no need for words. I just sit and think about how good and how great He is.” One of the greatest tragedies of our time is that most of us lead such busy lives that only few of us are able to spend much time with God in prayer and adoration. We rush into God’s presence, race through our prayer time and rush out into the world again. Because of this, we fail miserably to face the challenges of everyday life.

In today’s text Paul talks about a person reflecting the glory of the Lord. What does this mean? When we gaze on God we become like a mirror in which the likeness of Jesus is seen more and more clearly. Adoration is holding ourselves steady so that the Lord’s reflection can fall on us. But keeping still is a problem for many of us; the idea of sitting quietly before God in adoration and contemplation of Him seems an impossibility to many of us. Dear friends, let us start practicing it because if we do so, we will increasingly grow in holiness. God will be the centre of our life and our “self” will be pushed to the circumference.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, in this busy age, I do not spend much time in your presence in adoration and contemplation of you. Help me to sit still before you so that your reflection would fall upon me and I will be transformed more and more in the likeness of Jesus. Amen.