12.5.18 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Getting Ready for the Forecast

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I REALLY REALLY REALLY don’t like snow.

A Southern girl through and through, I lost the novelty of snow after I moved north to Ohio and experienced a few winters up there.

I’m back home in NC now where we don’t know how to drive in it and we aren’t prepared for it.

Of course, many disagree with me.

“It’s pretty, and peaceful, and blah blah blah…”

To me, it’s cold, and wet, and it stresses me out.

And our local meteorologists are calling for it this weekend.

As is always the case when winter weather is predicted, I sincerely hope that our weatherpersons’ slept through winter precipitation class in college and that they really don’t know what they are talking about.

I don’t usually go around wishing for people to fail, but I am praying our meteorologists’ have missed the mark on this one.

(To all you snow-enthusiasts… if we get snow, you are more than welcome to come to my house and take all you want.)

But as I woke up grumbling over the potential forecast, I began to think of another forecast…

One I am excited about…

The return of Jesus Christ.

Our Bible is full of prophecies that were foretold years, decades, centuries, and even millennia before they were fulfilled.

2 Peter 1:19-21 says, “And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

And the return of Christ is indeed in the forecast of our future.

But unlike the potential for our weatherman to be wrong, this one is guaranteed.

Jesus said in Revelation 22:7, “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

It’s one of the reasons we are reminded in Matthew 24:36-44 to be diligent and watch for Him.

We don’t know when He will arrive, but the rapture of the church will occur.

The question is, are you prepared?

This isn’t a “run to the store for milk and bread” kind of preparedness, but a sincere understanding of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave…

Personally knowing the King of Kings whose birthday we’ll soon celebrate…

Today, as you pray, thank God that He already knows everything — from the accuracy of a winter weather forecast to the return of Jesus Christ our Savior.

Pray for those who need to get ready, and pray for a revival that will renew or replenish your heart’s readiness to meet Jesus face-to-face.

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