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? Are you committed to seeing the Church prepared for the Coming of her Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus? As I prayed and studied over this topic, I was taught a hard lesson by the Lord. In the midst of a prayer time, I pictured in my mind’s eye a bride standing at the altar, waiting for the bridegroom. But as I continued in prayer, there came one of those sacred moments in which the Lord placed a thought in my mind and made the simple statement: “The Bride is not at the altar yet.” That is a simple statement of fact, yet also a rebuke and an encouragement. The Church, the Bride, is not at the altar waiting for the Bridegroom. The Bride is off doing a multitude of things, but very little of it concerns waiting at the altar for her Beloved. The rebuke was clear, but so was the encouragement. It is time to bring the Bride to the altar. It is time for the Church to become a house of prayer. The kneeling Church becomes the Bride at the altar, prepared for the Bridegroom. “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come’” (Revelation 22:17)!
Pray that the Church would set aside lesser things and begin to focus passionately upon Jesus Christ as we eagerly anticipate His return for us.
Lord, help me not to get so caught up in the busy affairs of this life that I forget to look up in anticipation of Your return.
–Adapted from Asleep in the Land of Nod (Thirty Days of Prayer towards Awakening the Church) by David Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.
Praise God for the fact that he has revealed himself to mere mortals. Give thanks that the Lord has spoken plainly about himself and his will in his Word, which is a lamp to your feet and a light for your path (Ps. 119:105). Confess any failures in seeking the teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness that come from the inspired Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16). Commit yourself to being “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (3:17). Ask God to do good works through you.
Thank God for faithful teachers in the church. Pray that they will be encouraged by the Spirit to communicate life-changing truths.
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