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The Spirit Prepares us for What Lays Ahead - Shepherd of Hope

“But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” – Acts 20:24

 

We are in the midst of one of the most crucial and hotly contested national elections in our nation’s history. Even if a winner, a clear winner is determined, the loser is almost certain to bring accusations of voter fraud and cheating. It is very likely and probable that the final results will be delayed through lawsuits aplenty. Some say if president Trump is declared the winner that there are already plans to create anarchy in the streets. There are verifiable reports that voter fraud, intimidation and outright cheating have taken place. This is all a product of our times. And it isn’t the first time this happened. If you go back to Bush v. Gore in 2000 and Bush v. Kerry in 2004 you will see we were facing much the same situation. In fact, this study is based on what I wrote back then. I was stunned to see the similarity between then and now when I was looking at previous prophetic teachings.

Admittedly, the corruption in this election seems more pronounced. The evidence makes that obvious. But as we draw closer to the culmination of the End Times, we should expect our crises to become more pronounced. What does this reveal? The hearts of humanity are dark and mere democracy is not the solution to our heart problems. The “mystery of lawlessness is already at work.” The world tries to entice us and lure us into their web with promises of “the greater good.” But those who know their Bibles know that just isn’t true. Remember and be warned, “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

Some would say that this election is between President Trump and Vice President Biden, but I think it is an election where love and hate have been the choice. That was true in 2000 and 2004, but it seems all the more viciously true today. There are those who love the president and there are those who hate the president and few in between.  The battle lines are drawn with hatred fueled by propaganda. Emotions are running very high. We are almost guaranteed some kind of upheaval during these times. It’s an intense time to be alive.

But, for those of us who have an eternal relationship with God in Christ, we can be assured that God has not left us on our own. In fact, God is always looking to prepare us for the circumstances we are to face in life. This election may lead to the beginning of great persecution, or it may lead to the beginning of a great awakening for our nation. The outcome will most definitely be revealing and apocalyptic for us and our nation’s destiny. This was true in 2000 and 2004, but it is light years truer today. Couple with all the election commotion, the Covid pandemic (some call it a plan-demic), and the prospect of global elites who see all the trouble of 2020 as an unprecedented opportunity to implement a “Great Reset” of socialistic expansive government. Well, living through all of this is a cauldron of calamity that makes the 2000 and 2004 epic battles seem like child’s play compared to what’s going on in 2020.

Are you ready for what’s coming? Are you fearful? Are you dreading the darkness or hoping for God’s light? The Holy Spirit looks to prepare us. We should be looking for His preparatory work so that we can be equipped and ready to be used by Him no matter the outcome of this election. Regardless of the outcome of this election, there will be great opportunity to share the gospel and minister. The important question is, will we be ready? I pray this study help you prepare and get ready for what lies ahead. God bless you all and may God have mercy on our nation and continue to shed His grace on us.

The Spirit Prepares Us for What Lays Ahead

Acts 21:1-14 – “Now it came to pass, that when we had departed from them and set sail, running a straight course we came to Cos, the following day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.2 And finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.3 When we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it on the left, sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her cargo.4 And finding disciples, we stayed there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem.5 When we had come to the end of those days, we departed and went on our way; and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city. And we knelt down on the shore and prayed.6 When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned home.7 And when we had finished our voyage from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the brethren, and stayed with them one day.8 On the next day we who were Paul’s companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.9 Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.10 And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.11 When he had come to us, he took Paul’s belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.’ ”12 Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem.13 Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”14 So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”

The Spirit directed Paul along his path to Jerusalem and helped him to find “disciples” along the way (21:4). This fellowship and time of mutual encouragement, as we see throughout the book of Acts, reveals the love of the Spirit at work through the disciples.

Was Paul Disobedient to the Spirit? Does the word from the disciples warning Paul not to go to Jerusalem “through the Spirit” mean that Paul was disobeying the Spirit by going to Jerusalem? (21:4). This is a hotly debated question. In Acts 22:18 Paul is warned that his word would not be received in Jerusalem. But the evidence also shows that Paul seemed to be following the leading of the Spirit to go to Jerusalem (Acts 19:21; 20:22; 21:14). The comfort given by God along the way seems to support his journey (Acts 23:11). Paul testified to his clear conscience in this trip to Jerusalem (Acts 23:1). Also, God seems to have affirmed Paul’s mission in Acts 23:11. However, Jerusalem is one of the few places where there was little to no fruit from Paul’s ministry.

There is nothing in Acts or elsewhere that would lead us to believe Paul was being disobedient to the Spirit. Paul gives every indication and evidence to be one who would go wherever the Spirit led Him. It is more likely therefore; that the Spirit through the disciples he met along the way, was warning Paul in order to help Paul be prepared for the rejection and persecution he would soon encounter. The counsel of those he came into contact was likely based on their loving concern for the welfare of their beloved brother Paul.

Wherever Paul went, he made sure to pray with the people (21:5). Paul also seems to have been a man loved by the family of God. It may have been such love that led people to urge Paul to not go to Jerusalem where he would face danger. Paul was a man of prayer and it inspired others to pray. Being a man of prayer is another reason to believe Paul was not disobedient but obedient to the Spirit.

Paul leaves Tyre and goes to Caesarea where Philip the Evangelist lived. There he stayed with Agabus, a prophet who again warned Paul of the danger that awaited him in Jerusalem (21:8-14). No amount of pleading would change Paul’s mind about going to Jerusalem. He was determined to go there. Remember, Paul said in the previous chapter:

  • Acts 20:24 – “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

The warnings of impending peril ahead served to help Paul to be prepared in the Spirit. Warnings do not necessarily mean “stop,” they may simply be the Spirit’s preparation for persecution.

The Preparation of the Spirit

The Lord has a habit of preparing us for what lays ahead. His objective in preparing us is to give us the best chance of rightly responding to and taking full advantage of His plan and purpose. By warning us God equips us for the task that lays ahead of us.

God prepares us in our individual lives for the outworking of His plans that are coming ahead. There are numerous examples of Spirit led preparation in God’s word. Let’s look at some of these in His word.

First, we are prepared by prophecy which helps us see God’s hand at work. In Isaiah the LORD says:

  • Isaiah 41:26 – “Who has declared from the beginning, that we may know? And former times, that we may say, ‘He is righteous’? Surely there is no one who shows, surely there is no one who declares, surely there is no one who hears your words.”
  • Isaiah 48:5 – “Even from the beginning I have declared it to you; Before it came to pass I proclaimed it to you, lest you should say, ‘My idol has done them, and my carved image and my molded image Have commanded them.’”

Ezekiel was declared by God to be a preparatory sign to the people to prepare them to see that it was the hand of the LORD at work. They needed to come to Him; to know Him. In Ezekiel it states:

  • Ezekiel 24:24 – ‘Thus Ezekiel is a sign to you; according to all that he has done you shall do; and when this comes, you shall know that I am the Lord God.’”

One of the purposes of prophecy is that God is trying to prepare and introduce us to His saving plan. In prophecy God makes a bright and glorious unmistakable shinning sign so that if people are genuinely seeking Him, they will be able to find Him. Prophecy is God’s shout and signature plan for what He intends to do in this life, on this planet. God calls wayward nations to repent and turn to Him. If they submit to Him, He will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14). There is good that can come from the division in our nation. The good that God can bring is that it will move people to their knees before Him in prayer. We have seen this already. I know I see it in my church. Do you see it in yours?  I hope this election has moved you to your knees, that’s the first and best place to be to get us moving in the right direction as a nation.

Second, we are prepared by knowing Jesus. In the last book of the Old Testament, through the prophet Malachi, the LORD says:

  • Malachi 3:1-6 – “Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the Lord of hosts.2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire And like launderer’s soap.3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver, That they may offer to the Lord An offering in righteousness.4 “Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem Will be pleasant to the Lord, As in the days of old, As in former years.5 And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien—Because they do not fear Me,” Says the Lord of hosts.6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”

John the Baptist was the forerunner of Jesus calling the people to repentance to prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus (Matthew 3; Mark 1:1-8; Luke 3:1-20; John 1:6-8, 15-37). God often sends forerunners in our lives before we are saved to prepare us to receive Jesus. These forerunners may be a saved friend, relative or acquaintance. Sometimes they are perfect strangers or may be even angels who the Spirit uses to bring conviction of our sin to our hearts. Such messengers show us our need for a Savior. They help us to get ready to receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord. This election situation may be just such a forerunner. Jesus is coming back! Are we ready to welcome Him or run from Him?

Third, we are prepared by knowing the servant ministry of Jesus. Jesus said:

  • John 13:14-19 – “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.15 “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.16 “Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.17 “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.18 “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’19 Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He.”

Jesus prepared the disciples to know what following Him was all about. He showed them who He really was. He taught them what He was all about. The Lord does the same today as He puts servant leaders in place to demonstrate the Christ-like way. Is your pastor standing strong in the midst of the varied troubles of this year? Is he, are you, more concerned with what the State says than with the One Who rules over all States? Indeed, God has raised up godly leaders, but they are few and far between. Are you supporting them in prayer and service? Are you praying for the Lord to get hold of all our national leaders, in both secular and sacred arenas, so that they would turn their hearts over to the Lord?

Fourth, we are prepared by the ministry of the Holy Spirit Who leads us. Jesus said:

  • John 14:25-31 –  “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you.26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.28 “You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.29 And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.30 “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.31 “But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.”

Jesus prepares us by the Holy Spirit. This is what we see happening in the life of Paul. Jesus, through the Spirit warns Paul of the persecution and hardship that lays ahead in order to prepare him. The Spirit wants Paul to know he can trust in Him. The Spirit wants Paul to know he can trust Jesus because Jesus is in control and what is about to happen is not out of His control. No matter what the outcome of this crucial election, Jesus remains in control and enthroned, that will never change. Take comfort in that steadfast truth.

Fifth, we are prepared so that we will not stumble. Jesus said:

  • John 16:1-7 – These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble.2 “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.3 “And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.4 “But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you. 5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’6 “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

Jesus prepares us ahead of time so that we will not stumble when hard times come or tempting times come. It is easier to get through something if you know it’s coming; you can brace yourself in the Lord in such circumstances. I am convinced that the Spirit does prepare us, or at least seeks to prepare us, for trials and temptations that lay ahead. The problem is that we are often so busy and inattentive to receive the preparation that we miss it and are taken off guard. Turn off the TV and tune into the truth of God’s word. Spend time in prayer. Seek the LORD. Spend a night in prayer. Fast and pray. Seek Him, not him!

Suppose you are house hunting and come across a fix-er’-upper. Suppose the person living there presently has really let the place go down hill. And suppose the basement is a cluttered dangerous mess full of decades of hoarded junk. Now suppose when you go to see if this house you come to the door that leads to the basement. You want to look this place over. The basement is part of that inspection. What if the realtor opens that basement door and invites you to go have a look and you proceed into the darkness with no preparation or light to guide you? You know what will happen don’t you? You will take one step, maybe two and then stumble, trip and plummet to your peril into the darkness. Now on the other hand, what if when the realtor shows you around the house you come to the basement door, he prepares you for what lies below? What if he puts the light on for the basement and comments, “Watch your step, it isn’t pretty down there”? What if he explains there’s massive clutter down there? You’d be much less apt to stumble and fall. That’s what the Lord does for us. The Spirit turns on the light at the top of the stairs of life and prepares us for the clutter and danger that lay ahead of us. He turns on the light and prepares us with His word and through godly counsel.

Our nation is largely a messy basement. It’s dark and scary down there. But there are numerous signs that turn the light on to this fact. Those signs are in God’s word. Those signs or revealed to us in our times of prayer and seeking Him. The Spirit may prepare us through a prophetic vision or word in the church. The heart of our nation is sick and filled with many dark spots. Don’t be surprised if the heart has some arrhythmias and irregularities. Hopefully it will not degenerate into a full cardiac arrest. Pray for the heart of our nation.

Sixth, we are prepared by warnings about false Christ figures, false teachers and false prophets. Jesus said in the Olivet Discourse:

  • Matthew 24:21-25 – “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.22 “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.24 “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.25 See, I have told you beforehand.”

If we return to that basement illustration above, what if we add to the clutter and darkness, scary devilish seller dwellers waiting to pounce on anyone who ventures into their dark realm? You would get quite a fright if you went into such darkness and were confronted by an unknown Lord of the Rings Orc! (See 1 Peter 5:8-9). But if you are warned, you are prepared to be cautious and take appropriate action to protect yourself and handle the situation. The Holy Spirit warns us. He gives us a helmet of salvation, a breastplate of righteousness, a belt of truth, shoes of the gospel, a shield of faith and sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:10-18). Those orcs that oppress us are often dressed like angels of light (e.g. 2 Cor. 11:14).  Those scheming devilish entities are often false teachers and their false teachings. They present “another Jesus,” “a different spirit,” or “a different gospel” that are impotent counterfeits of the true ones (cf. 2 Cor. 11:3-4).  They lurk around us to prey on our fears and uncertainties. They want to fleece you not feed you God’s word. Beware Christian! There are a lot of orcs in this election and in our nation. There are a lot of enemies. Don’t be surprised at their presence, be ready to take a stand against them.

The apostle Peter spoke of the same preparing work in the Spirit when He wrote:

  • 2 Peter 3:10-18 – “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”

One of the main, if not the main purposes of the scriptures, is to warn believers against falsehood, and trials and temptations that lay ahead. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. If we know what lies ahead, we can prepare for it. That is even truer in our spiritual lives than in our lives as citizens of this nation.

Seventh, we are prepared by the prospect of Jesus’ rapture of the church. Until Jesus’ returns for His church, we are to serve as restrainers of evil. The Holy Spirit works in and through the church to restrain the evil in this world (2 Thess. 2:7). That is one of the main purposes of the church while we are still here. And the primary way to serve as such a restrainer, is to fulfill the Great Commission; share the gospel far and wide in the power of the Holy Spirit (Mat. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).

Before God’s prophetic scenario can enter its final stage, the church will be removed in what is called the rapture. Before the Antichrist can rise to power, the church will experience a departure (2 Thess. 2:3 – “falling away” – Greek apostasia – means literally departure. It can apply to a departure from orthodoxy of the faith as well as physical departure as in the rapture.)

The Bible speaks of the church being removed “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Cor. 15:52). It speaks of the church being removed when, “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus, we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16-17). The prospect of this great escape should be a source of comfort for us. “Therefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:18). Jesus is coming back. He’s coming back for us. He’s coming back to take us to be with Him. There’s nothing heroic about going through trials and tribulations if you don’t have to. God in His word promises a way of escape the terrible future events. This should be a great incentive for people to come to Jesus and get right with God. This should be a great comfort to everyone who names the name of Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

The rapture is our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13). Why? Because in the future will be a time when God pours out His wrath on a Christ rejecting world (Rev.6:16, 17; 11:18; 14:10, 17, 19; 15:1, 7; 16:1, 19; 19:15). Part of being saved from our sin means we are saved from God’s wrath (e.g. Romans 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9; Rev. 3:10). Therefore, God will take the church out of this world with the rapture, before He pours out His wrath on it.

What is the purpose of God’s wrath? Is God just vengeful? No. Even in God’s wrath there is mercy. God’s wrath is meant as one last effort to shake up a Christ-rejecting world. It’s God’s version of tough love. His wrath is also meant to make up this world like a maid makes up a hotel room readying it for the next occupant. God’s wrath fumigates this world making it ready for His Son Jesus to return at His Second Coming where He will establish His Kingdom and reign from Jerusalem as King. Lastly, this time of wrath is part of the seventieth week of Daniel. It is the last seven years of prophecy as it pertains particularly to Israel according to God’s prophetic words to the prophet Daniel (cf. Daniel 9:24-27). In this sense, this time of Tribulation, will serve not only for God’s outpoured wrath, but to wake up the nation of Israel as God’s prime instrument of righteousness in this period of time.

 Eighth, we are prepared through the word of God to handle whatever lays ahead. That is why His word states:

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

God’s word provides the profitable resources needed for whatever lays ahead. God’s word is a tool to prove right from wrong. God’s word is the basis for correcting, instructing in righteousness. With God’s word we are, “complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Yes, God in His word prepares us for what lays ahead. The Spirit offers us preparation in His word for our lives. If we will only listen and trust in Him. The Spirit brings circumstances, situations and people along our life path to prepare us to walk in the will of God. The question remains, will we listen and obey?

Applying the Spirit’s Preparation

We can be prepared by listening to the Spirit and committing ourselves to trust in the Spirit no matter the situation that is ahead of us. We see this in the life of Paul who said in our passage under study:

  • Acts 21:13 – “Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Paul was ready because he listened to the preparatory words of the Lord. Remember earlier in his words to the Ephesian elders he stated:

  • Acts 20:22-24 – “And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,23 “except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.24 “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.”

Paul had listened to the Spirit and therefore, he was prepared to trust the Lord in whatever lay ahead.

Jesus said:

  • Matthew 10:19-20 – “But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak;20 “for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”

The preparation of the Spirit, (listening and taking in His preparatory word) that is the key to being victorious in life. That is what makes us more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Are you ready, prepared for what lays ahead? Even if this election brings a glimmer of light on the horizon, deep darkness is foretold for the Last Days. Jesus is coming back to take us up with Him! Are you ready? The Spirit is trying to equip and empower you. Don’t ignore His warnings and ways. May God bless you and may God bless America!

If you aren’t sure if you have eternal life, here is a prayer to help you square that away with God:

Father in heaven, I come to You in Jesus’ name. I admit my sins and ask Your forgiveness. I don’t ask Your forgiveness because of any “good” work I’ve done. I rely completely on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross Who paid my penalty for sin. I believe jesus died on the cross for me. I believe He rose from the dead proving His sacrifice was just and accepted by You. Please forgive me. Please fill me with the Holy Spirit. Please give me eternal life. Help me to live in a way pleasing to You. In Jesus name. Amen.

Find a sound Bible teaching church. Read your Bible and pray daily. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the way. He will.

If you are fearful of this uncertain time in which we live, or want to seek the Lord’s help and guidance, here is a prayer you might pray to that end:

Father in heaven, I come to You in Jesus name. Forgive me for being distracted by the things of this world. Forgive me for fearing instead of taking You at Your word and trusting You. Holy Spirit, please clean my heart from anything that would defile me. Please empower me to live in a way that is pleasing to You. Please lead me and help me to understand how to live in these days of turmoil. Please make me what I need to be, to do what You call me to do, for Your glory, until Jesus returns. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I pray you’re prepared for what lays ahead. I pray you will seek the Lord. I pray you will listen to all He’s offered us to be prepared for this time in which we live. I pray our nation will experience great revival; that souls would be saved and disciples made. I pray, along with the inspired words of Paul, that, we too would be able to say, “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24). But most of all, I pray for Jesus’ return. I pray, maranatha; come Lord Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.

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