What If the Whole Church United in Praying One Simple Prayer Above All Prayers?
“JESUS, SHOW US YOUR GLORY!”
[Editor’s Note: Recently the global Christian family celebrated Pentecost Sunday. Recall that the day of Pentecost flowed out of a ten-day prayer meeting during which all the Christians in the world at that moment (about 120) lifted up prayers for the ascended Savior to fulfill his plan to show the nations the fullness of his power and glory. And look how the Father answered (see Acts 2)! In this blog post, Steve Hall, a seasoned prayer mobilizer in the Pacific Northwest, recommends we follow the pattern for prayer in Acts—not one day a year but as a way of life, day by day, as we lift with one voice: “Jesus, show us your glory.” After all, in the end, every prayer the Father answers for us always has this as its ultimate outcome!]
I want to share a very practical tool with you. It’s a prayer card I recently created for myself and for any believer who is hungry (desperate) for the power, healing, love, righteousness, freedom, grace, cleansing, mercy, peace, and victory of Christ in every area of his or her life—and for every other person the Holy Spirit brings into their life!
I call this prayer card quite simply, “Show Me Your Glory.”
It is meant to REMIND you (over and over) of the absolute greatness of Christ, and to ignite a HOPE within you that causes you to pray continually for Christ to “show” (demonstrate/manifest) His glory—all that He is—in every part of your life and in the life of every other person the Holy Spirit brings into your sphere of influence.
Let me start by giving you some biblical background for praying in this direction. Then I want to show you how the card works. Finally, I’ll help you download a card to start using this very day.
Why This One Main Prayer Request?
Some Biblical Encouragements
Notice how Moses prayed: In Exodus 33:1, God directed Moses to lead the people of Israel to the Promised Land. In verse 3, God said He would not go with the people, though, because they were a “stiff-necked people” and He might destroy them on the way.
In verses 15-16, Moses replied:
If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?
God responded (in verse 17) by saying that His Presence would go with the people because He was pleased with Moses and He knew Moses by name.
Then, Moses said to God, “Now show me your glory” (verse 18). Moses knew that he and the people would constantly NEED God to show/demonstrate/manifest His glory (all of Himself).
The Old Testament foreshadowed such a prayer focus: Praying for Jesus’ glory to be more fully revealed to our generation fulfills all Old Testament Scriptures about the glory of God, including:
- Psalm 24:7-8—“Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty; the LORD mighty in battle.”
- Psalm 57:5—“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”
- Habakkuk 2:14—“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
New Testament passages teach that all of God’s glory is revealed in Jesus.
- John 1:14—“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
- Colossians 1:27—“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
- Hebrews 1:3—“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”
- Revelation 15:3-4—“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
That’s why the “Glory Prayer” is all about Christ alone: In the New Testament (in 2 Corinthians 4:6), the Apostle Paul strongly declared that all of God’s glory is in Christ.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face [Person] of Christ.
So, as Moses prayed for God to show/demonstrate/manifest all His glory (all that He is) in the people of Israel, WE can pray for Christ to show all HIS glory in every part of our lives, and in all the other people the Spirit brings into our lives!
What’s on the “Show Me Your Glory” Card?
On one side of the card we find the following:
- the verses from Exodus 33 and 2 Corinthians 4 to continually remind us that God’s glory (all that He is) is found in Christ alone;
- a reminder that people everywhere today NEED to see God’s glory in Christ more than anything else. All God has for us flows out of that sharp vision of the greatness of Jesus;
- a reminder that Christ is all-powerful and all-loving, and that nothing is impossible for Him;
- and then the “dream” behind this effort—
What might God do NOW if multitudes of believers would unite in asking Him to show more of His glory everywhere by revealing to the world the glory of the reigning Christ?
On the other side of the card is the very special invitation:
- Let all believers (everywhere) unite in praying, “JESUS SHOW US YOUR GLORY!”
- Let this happen in every part of our own lives as well as in the lives of our family members; our neighbors, friends, and the people we work with; everyone who is hurting around us; every part of the life of our churches and throughout each of our communities; and ultimately, in all the other people and situations the Holy Spirit leads us to pray for across our country and around the world.
I’m praying this card will be helpful to you (and to many others you forward it to) in praying for the Lord Jesus Christ to show His majesty and supremacy, His greatness and grandness—the fullness of the glory of all He is at this very hour—to all the people and situations the Spirit brings into your life. The bullet points on the card are only starter suggestions.
By praying the few words in the prayer, you are praying for the Father’s perfect will—His omnipotence, His love, His healing, His mercy, His victory, His freedom, His kingdom— to be manifested throughout all the nations of the earth for Jesus’ praise as redeeming Lord and Savior.
START TODAY! You can download the card here. It is designed to be two-sided and “two up” so you can make two half-sheet cards per page. You might laminate them and give the other half-sheet to a friend, or email the whole attachment to many other believers.
About the Author
Steve Hall’s consuming passion is to know Christ all he possibly can and to help other Christians grow in their awe and love of Him too. Steve is an ordained pastor and represents International Renewal Ministries in the Northwest and the Philippines. He has written a daily devotional book with 365 names of Christ called I Want to Know More of Christ. Steve is available to talk about the greatness of Christ with anyone at email@example.com.