Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Revelation 22:6-12
Key Verse: “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12
John’s declaration, “Behold, I come quickly,” is given in context of the close of probation, after Jesus has concluded His ministry in the heavenly sanctuary and declared, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:11).
If you read the Bible, you should have no doubt that last-day events show we’re getting closer and closer to the coming of Jesus, and the door of mercy is about to close.
Watch how the growing ecumenical movement, initiated by Rome, is bringing many of the greatest world religions together. See the rapid decline of morality, the increase in natural disasters, and the escalation of violence. Our world appears to be heading high speed for the precipice of destruction. This can be very scary if we don’t have our feet on solid ground.
Thankfully, even amid the spiritual and physical chaos, a movement is taking place within God’s remnant church. Thousands are seeking to understand the Bible and its prophecies of the future. Many are turning from the pleasures of the world to walk the narrow way. It’s time for us to do the same.
As we near the end, it’s more important than ever that we live as mature Christians, putting away the milk of babes and learning to eat solid spiritual food.
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 6:1, “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.”
But, how can we put aside dead works? How can we go “unto perfection,” as the Bible commands, so that we will be prepared for our new heavenly home? Well, very simply, we cannot do this ourselves. We must continually seek the power of the Holy Spirit, who will grow us and guide us (John 16:13) into all truth. We must also put on the armor of God (see Ephesians 6:13-18). Above all, we must continually stay connected to Jesus, the living Vine, through daily time in the Word and prayer. Only this connection, fueled by the power of the Holy Spirit, will see us through the coming crisis.
It’s time to refill our lamps so that the oil, the Holy Spirit, will never go empty as we prepare for the coming of the Groom. Let’s get ready. He’s coming soon!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Wonderful Father, help us to continue in faith, trusting in Your promises as we prepare for Your soon coming. Give us strength to eat spiritual meat, not just milk. We need to grow and become strong in You so that we can stand firm during the coming crisis. Most of all, help us not to grow weary or discouraged as we come closer and closer to the finish line. Help us to hold on to You tightly until the end. In Jesus’ name, Amen.