But the end of all things is at hand(within reach); therefore, be serious and watchful in your prayers. 1 Peter 4:7
Be serious and watchful! I’m not sure I can remember the last time I was really serious in prayer. Sure, I pray daily for family and friends, for things that effect our day to day living, but to get serious with God on a level that I am ready to step up and do whatever He needs as I watch these last days unfold? That is an intense level of prayer. This scripture was written hundreds of years ago and yet Peter says the end of all things is at hand. How much more is that statement true today?
So, here’s a starting point. If you feel that you could get a little more serious and watchful in your prayers, start with love. Start by praying that the love of God would fill your heart. Love doesn’t come automatically, it is a choice. This passage says to have fervent (passionate, intense) love for one another. Not only that but to be hospitable (open up your home) without grumbling. Then it says that the love of God (in the blood of Jesus) covers sin and not just any sin, great sin. That’s good news. After we got the love thing down, then we are to use our gifts and abilities to bless others by sharing God’s great grace! This is what will bring glory to God in all things.
Today I want to encourage you to become serious and watchful in your prayer. Pray that the love of God for the people of this world will fill your heart. Then begin to share that love through your gifts and abilities and by being kind and loving to those around you. Even those who are not so lovely. You do your part and the love of God will change even the hardest heart. The end of all things is near, lets be ready and watching when the LORD comes.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Peter 4:7-11