Christ completes his Olivet Discourse with two more parables and a passage of future judgment. The need to watch and be ready is combined with some thoughts on what “being ready” means in day-to-day life.
The church has been waiting for Christ’s return for what seems like a long time. Help our faith to be genuine and our attitude to remain watchful so that we will be ready when he finally arrives.
Help us also to be busy about our Master’s business. You have given us resources and abilities that you expect us to use for you. Help us not to fear or get lazy, but rather to use what you have given us for your glory.
We also realize that the consequences of Christ’s judgment are eternal. We ask you to forgive us that we might inherit the kingdom that you have prepared for us from the foundation of the world.
We pray for all of those we know that are lost, that they might be saved, and in that way avoid the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
While we are waiting for Jesus and working for you, help us to be a blessing to the poor, the needy, the foreigner, the sick and those who are in prison.
Help us to be a blessing to any and all that need our help, starting with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but not stopping with only them.
And help us to keep doing this until Jesus comes.
In Christ’s name,
Financial giving has been a part of what the church has done since the very beginning, part of a tradition that goes back to Judaism. What does the Bible really say about generosity, giving or charity? This chapter and the next give us some of the basic principles that make up a right attitude toward this essential, yet much abused, part of the Christian faith.