“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, “Come!” Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink, drink freely of the Water of Life!
Revelation 22:17 The Message

Two ideas are absolutely basic to a Christian understanding of this world: first, you are created for happiness and second, that you’ll not truly be happy until Jesus brings into fullness the kingdom of God. So what’s with the awkwardness of Christians talking about his return, and, more fascinating (and troubling), how come no one really prays for it?

I want to venture an observation: if you’re not personally longing for and praying for the return of Jesus, you’re still committed to making life work here and now. Your prayers reveal what you are after. If you’re not praying for the return of Jesus, you’re not banking on it or looking forward to it much. But ... you’re created for happiness, and you’re not going to truly find it until the kingdom is yours.

In the book of Revelation we see the church longing for and praying for the return of Jesus: “Please come! Come now! We want you to come!” This isn’t a fear of dying. This is hopeful, eager expectation of every dream you ever had coming true. This is the expectation of life coming to you in all its fullness. Not to mention your Jesus coming to you. And never ever losing it again.

Dear friend, pray for it daily! It will do you good to begin to pray for Jesus to return!


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