When our son Gregg was a teen, he had the good fortune of standing with a row of about ten others with whom President Reagan shook hands.
Gregg told us later, "I had planned to ask him if he still liked jelly beans, but when he shook my hand I was too overwhelmed by his power."
Perhaps we need a sense of being overwhelmed with the greatness of Christ when we come to Him in prayer. The apostle John "was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, 'Lord, who is going to betray you?'" (John 21:20).
But it was a different story when he saw Christ in his vision on the Isle of Patmos. John said he saw someone "like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance" (Revelation 1: 13-16).
John said, "When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead." After being overwhelmed with the majesty of Christ, John was then ready to hear God's voice.
Meditating on passages that exalt Christ and cause us to worship help to lead us into His presence! They remind us that although we are invited to come boldly to His throne, we are not to consider it as merely a casual encounter.
Dear Lord, help me to glimpse Your greatness so I can worship and adore You acceptably.
"Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all" ( 1 Chronicles 29:11).