I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband.~2 Corinthians 11:2 RSV
It’s wedding season. Brides and grooms are preparing for their wedding day. They are making plans and preparing their spirits, souls, and bodies to join two lives and families. They look toward the day with “eager anticipation” the day their beloved becomes completely their own.
As the Bride of Christ, Jesus, the Son of God, is our bridegroom. We look forward to the day we will become one with Him. But in the waiting, I can’t help but wonder if we have grown slack in our preparation. Has the intensity of our longing and fervor to see that day grown cold with the passage of time?
The Word says that no one knows the day or hour, not even Jesus. Only the Father knows (Matt 24:36). Since Jesus was taken up into the clouds (Acts 1:9), He has been preparing a place for us to be with Him eternally. Not a day has passed that His love and attention have not kept us in His tender affection, and the efforts of the Master Carpenter focused on preparing a perfect place for His beloved. Even now, He joyfully awaits the day, and His eyes search the face of the Father for a sign that the day is approaching.
Rekindle the flame for my first love.~Julie Souza Bradley Lilly, contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships
Beloved, has your passion for preparing Yourself for Christ’s return grown lukewarm? Have you grown weary in the waiting? Would you be unprepared were the bridegroom to come for you today?
Pray with me…
Father God, renew my passion for You, and rekindle the flame for my first love, Jesus Christ. Reveal to me where my wedding attire has become torn and dirty from indiscretion in where I have walked. Shine Your light on the love affairs of the heart I have allowed with the things of this world and the ungodly pursuits and habits that have gained my poorly-placed affection.
Gift me with a repentant heart that shuns other lovers and holds fast to the purity of my commitment. Wash me clean, by the Blood of the Lamb, and cover me in the robe of righteousness of Christ Jesus. Help me to ready myself for His glorious appearing. And on that day when the sky parts and I see Him in full splendor, descending from the clouds, may I stand unashamed, overflowing with joy, radiant and without spot or wrinkle (Eph 5:27).
Father, only You know the day and the hour, but I long for that day. I see signs that the day is nearing. Prepare me, Lord. The Spirit and the Bride say, Come, Lord Jesus, Come.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, a self-professed chief-cook-and-bottle-washer at Gift of Thorns Facebook ministry.
She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, specializing in the area of prayer, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer, and most-importantly, a forgiven daughter of God. With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries and PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word in turning all things together for the good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, one of Julie’s greatest joys is to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides, tucked in among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever. It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth, and mountain-moving faith.
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