Prayer Establishes Our Rapture to God
Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 1:3-4
Key Verses: 2 Peter 1:10-11
Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I’ve been using the word “established” often this month. “Established,” according to Webster, means to “make secure; set up; settle; prove.” I believe prayer—consistent, sincere prayer—does just that. It secures us, settles us and proves our relationship with God! What we “say” in prayer matters because our own ears hear what we are saying. God doesn’t need us to “say” our prayers. He knows our thoughts before we do! Saying our prayers helps us to establish some truths that help us in our journey with God. Within our prayers, other things can get accomplished, such as our requests. But Jesus wants to teach us the entire scope of prayer and it is more than how to “get stuff from God.”
One of the great truths of God is His plan to “pluck us out” of this worldly kingdom someday. We call that the “rapture.” It is this rapture that brings us into the eternal kingdom of God. The Bible tells us that it will happen unexpectedly and suddenly. We need to be watchful and ready to go when He comes! One way to help us with our readiness is to say: “Your kingdom come” every day in our prayers. You may choose to use your own words to describe this coming event, but Jesus does want us to keep this concept on the “front burner” of our minds!
Be encouraged today. Let your mind wander into the next world. Imagine for a moment the joys of the place God is preparing for His eternal family!
Father, may your kingdom come. I’m ready! This world is wearing me down; your world will erase all that! In Jesus’ name, amen.