Read Luke 9:28-36

Focal Verse

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.

Luke 9:28

Bible Study

Jesus and his inner circle of apostles go up to the mountain, the privileged place to pray to God.  That Jesus is praying suggests that something momentous is about to happen.  On Mount Tabor which we will soon visit, Jesus gives his disciples a foretaste of the resurrection glory to encourage them for what lies before them as He sets out for the final days in Jerusalem in complete obedience to the will of His Father.  In the Church of the Transfiguration there are two side chapels, symbolically fulfilling Peter’s wish of setting up three tents, dedicated to Moses (the representative of the Law) and Elijah (the representative of the Prophets) who appeared with Jesus on Mount Tabor during the transfiguration.  The Law and the Prophets, indeed, the whole Old Testament pointed to Jesus.  This is summed up in the Father’s word, ‘Listen to Him.’

Reflection and Application

During our prayers God also wants to give us special moments of grace, like the transfiguration, that helps to grow in our faith and in a more intimate relationship with Him.  Prayer, not a mountain, is now the privileged place that each of us can meet God and build an intimate relationship with Him.

Prayer

We thank and praise you God for our Tabor experiences.  According to Your perfect plan let these experiences encourage and strengthen us as we live our everyday life and challenges to love and serve You and others.

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