“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray” (1 Peter 4:7).
We, of course, do not know the day or the hour of Christ’s return. What we do know is that it could happen at any time. This knowledge alone should significantly affect our actions, our attitudes and our relationships with one another. It is difficult to consider the reality of the last days when our children are young, or when we feel that there is so much of life yet to be lived; however, Jesus tells us to be ready. If we are not spiritually prepared, we will be unable to respond to the powerful work of the Holy Spirit in our lives during the end times. Peter emphatically stated, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that prayer is the key to living effective lives in the last days. It is obvious that the Lord wants our prayer lives to be powerful and effective as we face what lies ahead. Clear-minded believers should have clearly defined, purpose-filled lives that are characterized by wise choices and mature decisions made from a relationship with Jesus in prayer.
Father, the urgency of this hour should compel me to focus on being the image of Christ to others. Help me to be clear minded and self-controlled so that I can focus prayerfully upon Your heart for my friends, family, church, community, nation and world. As I seek to obey You in these last days, transform me moment by moment to live within Your plans and purposes.
–Adapted from the article, Living for God in the Last Days (God’s Prayer Plan for the Family) by Kim Butts, co-author of Vertical with Jesus: A 30-Day Journey to Impact Kingdom Living. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise God for individuals whom he has called to be your spiritual guides. Thank God for establishing order and authority in his church. Confess any lack of appreciation for the responsibility God has given to your pastor, elders, and deacons. Commit yourself to regularly upholding your spiritual leaders in prayer. Ask God to grant you a willingness to follow their leadership.
Pray by name for your pastor(s), elders, and deacons. “They keep watch over you as men who must give account.” Ask that “their work will be a joy, not a burden” (Heb. 13:17).
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.