Imagine with me that you are going to die tomorrow. Your doctors say you have very little chance of living past tomorrow, you feel that are about to die, and God has deemed it your time to die. What would you do? Think about it…what would you do to fill those remaining few hours?!
-would you go out to eat at your favorite restaurant or have your favorite meal in your home?
-would you watch your favorite movie or read your favorite novel or magazine?
-would you work in your garden or go to the grocery store?
-would you go to your job or your school?
-would you do another load of laundry or sweep the floor?
-would you play games or browse the internet?
-would you buy a new car or boat or house?
-would you spend time doing your favorite hobby?
-would you be seeking God for your soul?
-would you be spending time with your loved ones?
-would you be seeking forgiveness from those you have wronged?
-would you be praying?!
Of course, none of us know when we will die. A few people may have a certain feeling that they know they will die within a small time frame but most of us have no clue! So, of the above list, what would you honestly be doing the day before you die?
For many of us, it probably would be what we regularly do. But, is what you regularly do what you desire to be doing the day before you die?
Check out God’s Word in regards to this:
1 Peter 4:7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. (NIV)
How can the church really say they believe that Jesus is coming back soon if they are not taking prayer seriously?
Are your priorities in the right place so that you can pray effectively? James 5:16 says, Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
You see, simply praying is not the only thing we should do. God does not promise to answer all people who pray (unless it is a prayer of faith for salvation).
But, when a person who is right in their relationship with God prays a prayer of faith (and lives a life of prayer-continual communication with God) then great things will happen.
Are you clear-minded and self-controlled so you can pray?
Are you watchful to things that are going on around you that have eternal implications?
Will the day before you die find you praying?
Associate Pastor Jason Baker