Father, prepare us for that GREAT DAY that is near-at-hand to come, for “the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape”(I Thess.5:1-4). 

Many of Your people are sleeping, complacent, lukewarm, in oblivion to what is swiftly approaching. With one foot firmly in the world, they do not take seriously the signs that have been given (Lk.21:11). Wake Your people up to heed the warning to “Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction” (2 Thess.2:3);  “So you also, when you see these things happening, recognize that the kingdom of God is near” (Lk.21:31). The apostasy is in progress, and many are becoming part of it without realizing it. I pray You will zap them with a flaming arrow and bring them alive to You.

During our time of preparation, let us also extend a heart of love towards all those we encounter who do not know You, that we will attempt to introduce them to You before it is too late for them to become part of the Kingdom. Let our hearts reach out to the lost, so their names may be in the Book of Life, for “at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt” (Dan.12:1,2), “For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day”(John 6:39,40).

Thank-You, Father, that those of us who are walking in step with You can look forward to that trumpet in Zion, “when all the inhabitants of the land tremble, For the day of the LORD is coming; Surely it is near” (Joel 2:1,2). Surely, with all the evil around us, we should want for Messiah’s return, “For when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness” (Isa.26:9), and Your justice will prevail. HALLELUIAH!!!

Thank-You, Holy Father, that while You will pour out Your wrath on those who have rejected You, we who truly know and honour You will be exempt, for when we are humbly seeking You, seeking Your righteousness, and humility, we “will be hidden In the day of the LORD’S anger” (Zeph.2:3). We are so grateful for the privilege of knowing what is coming, so we can be completely in right standing before You when Messiah comes. 

May we all be walking “in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God,” (2 Pet.3:10-12), gladly awaiting that glorious appearing when we shall become like You, Lord Jesus/Yeshua. We look forward to this time that You will burn up all the evil and make everything brand new. Make us now to walk in holiness, thus having no need to fear.

So thank-You, Holy Father, that we who believe, can, and should, say (Rev.2:20), “Maranatha!” (Come quickly! Come, Lord Jesus/Yeshua, come!). In Jesus/Yeshua’s Holy Name. Amen.

© 2019, revised 2020 by Verna Crowther. All rights reserved.