“The LORD bless you, and keep you; the LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace. So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them” (Numbers 6.24-27 NASB).
God told Moses to give a blessing to the priest, which they could then give to the rest of God’s children. In this blessing there is a promise that if we “invoke” God’s name, He will respond to our words. In essence, our words leave the physical world, penetrating into the spiritual world with the ability to affect circumstances, lives and hearts. God gave us creative license in this beautiful act of free-will to shape and adorn His divine plan. However, there is another part to this promise: “the LORD lift up His countenance on you.” When we are hiding nothing from the Lord—with all of our sins, secrets and selfish motives exposed to His care—we are able to fully receive the countenance of God. With our minds and hearts completely bare and focused on Him, we become powerful mirrors from which His face can shine and reflect. And the prayers coming from the lips of a person who is filled with the shining glory of God cannot help but be dominating, robust and influential. The words invested by people completely yielded to God are absorbed into His all-encompassing glory and transformed into a mighty tool to change the world for Christ. If we are going to pray, let us make “full-faced prayers,” so our words will display the authority and glory of God.
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3.12 NIV).