Prayer is the primary means of obtaining grace as Christians: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). In his Meditations and Discourses on the Glory of Christ, John Owen also stretched the importance of prayer, asking God to show us the glory of Christ. We cannot just attain such a view and understanding by ourselves. We need God to do so:
“Men are not so vain as to hope for skill and understanding in the mystery of a secular art or trade, without the diligent use of those means whereby it may be attained; and shall we suppose that we may be furnished with spiritual skill and wisdom in this sacred mystery, without diligence in the use of the means appointed of God for the attaining of it? The principal of them is fervent prayer. Pray, then, with Moses, that God would show you this his glory; pray with the apostle, that ‘the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened to behold it;’ pray that the ‘God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.’” (Page 35)
In order to see the glory of Christ, we need to fervently and consistently pray for God to show it to us. He alone can do so. Many times we lack such fervent and consistent prayer, being occupied with other, far less meaningful things. Let us start praying for it, though. Let this be our 2016 prayer: show us the beauty, excellence, and glory of Jesus Christ and let us be ravished by Him.
Author of “An Unfathomable Gift!“