“So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him” (2 Peter 3:14).
Peter gives us these very practical areas of preparation for the wedding of Christ and His people. This passage is one of the reasons I believe a great revival is coming for the church. A revived church is one that is consciously turning from sin in repentance and longing to be found spotless and blameless. A revived church has submitted to the lordship and authority of Christ and will be at peace with her Bridegroom.
The apostle John saw a vision of a prepared bride: “I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Revelation 21:2). Is that a passion of your life yet? Are you committed to seeing the church prepared for the coming of her Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus?
–Taken from Prayer and the End of Days (Praying God’s Purposes in Troubled Times) by David Butts. (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).
Father, place a passion within me to see Your Church revived. Begin with my life and the life of my family. Give me a repentant heart and a deep sorrow for sin. Fill me with a desire to be passionate about praying for the preparation of the Bride for her Bridegroom!
This week, meditate on Psalm 42 each day. Today, praise God as the one who quenches your deepest spiritual thirst (42:1-2). Thank him for being the living water in your life. Confess times in your life when you’ve passed by God’s streams of water and settled for Satan’s stale pond instead. Commit yourself to quenching your thirst in the living God alone. Ask him to meet with you in prayer today.
Pray that your own thirst for a closer relationship with God might draw others to him. Ask God to get you out of the way so that they might see Jesus clearly and drink deeply of him.
“Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the kingdom.” —Charles H.Spurgeon
–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend (Click on the blue title for more information about this resource).