Day Five: Longing for His Return

Scripture to Pray Through: Revelation 21

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

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5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars— they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

From Our Confession of Faith

The church will be presented faultless before God by the redemptive work of Christ, all sin will be purged and its wretched effects will forever be banished. God will be all in all and His people will be enthralled by the immediacy of His ineffable holiness, and everything will be to the praise of His glorious grace.

Prayer of Longing

What hope we have because of Jesus! Though the world is a violent, sin-soaked mess, God will make all things new. Oh that it would be today! Come, Lord Jesus!

  • Give praise to God for the assurance that He will complete the redemptive work He began.
  • Take time to repent of setting your mind on things temporal instead of things eternal (Colossians 3.2–4).
  • Ask God to give you confidence in His promises.
  • Pray for grace to live with such love and justice today that you might take part in His purpose to make all things new.
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