I was reading in 1 Peter this morning, chapter 4. My Bible subtitles the beginning of chapter 4 as “Living for God,” and the ending as “Suffering for Being a Christian.”
In the middle there is a paragraph that lists a few attitudes and actions that we should note. When reading I thought these attitudes and actions were vital for both “Living for God” and “Suffering for Being a Christian.
The first is verse 7: “The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.”
The NKJV translates it, “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.”
The end of all things is much nearer now than it was in Peter’s day. If it was important to be clear minded / serious and self-controlled / watchful then, how much more so now.
Prayer is vital. Peter recommends prayer that isn’t frivolous. Somehow the idea of prosperity prayer seems at odds with “Living for God” or “Suffering for Being a Christian.” But good solid, serious prayer that flows from a heart that is controlled by the Spirit of God, watchful prayer that sees the dangers and traps around us – that kind of prayer is essential.
Holy Spirit, help us to have a serious prayer life, one that is dependent upon You and recognizes that “the end of all things is near.” Amen.