As we come to the end of yet another Church year, we are also being reminded of the end of our own lives and of eternity. In our gospel passage for today, Jesus asks us his disciples to be on our guard as we await his return to us at the end of our individual lives. This is particularly important because death can come at any time, and to anyone irrespective of age, nationality, colour, gender or status.
To aid us, the Lord asks us to be constant in prayer for the strength we need to overcome the challenges and temptations of our times (Luke 21:36). At these times, the need for us to be even more prayerful cannot be overemphasised. To be publicly seen as christian in words and in deeds has now become increasingly difficult. This is a fulfilment of the visions of Daniel about the rise of beastly and ungodly governments in the nations of our world (Daniel 7:15-27).
My dear friend, a terrible spiritual war is raging, yet many of us have been “coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life” (Luke 21:34). And for us to be victorious, we must “Stay awake, praying at all times” (Luke 21:36). To stay awake means, being aware of the events around us and in our world today. This helps us to know what to pray for and how earnestly we need to pray.
And as we observe the above, may the Lord grant us “the strength to survive all that is going to happen (in our lives), and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.” when he comes. Amen.
Scripture Passages For Today: Daniel 7:15-27; Daniel 3:82-87; Luke 21:36; Luke 21:34-36
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