This is a devotional I wrote for the 10 Days of Prayer. Today is Day 8; God is really moving in Boston! I’ll give a more detailed update later. Check out 10days.net to learn more about the ten days of prayer that are happening in twelve locations across the country. May God continue His great work in and through us…
Day 8 Devotional:
Longing for the Return of Christ
“You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:11-13).
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Growing up in America, I have lived a pretty good life. So I didn’t really “get” why we should long for the return of Christ…. that is, until I experienced first-hand the brokenness that exists in our world.
For me, this happened through a young woman named Niza whom I met in Mumbai, India. Niza had been trafficked to Mumbai from Nepal and was forced into prostitution. Over time, she had contracted tuberculosis and HIV, and was now very sick. Though she looked to be fifty or sixty years old, in actuality she was only a few years older than I was. Each day she placed her hand in mine and we walked to the clinic, stopping every few minutes to take a break, crouching in the red Indian dirt while the hot sun beat down on us. I learned how to say, “You’re strong” and “You’re going to make it” in Hindi, repeating it to her. Yet, everything I could do wasn’t enough. There was absolutely nothing I could do to get her out of this horrendous situation, except pray and long for Jesus to make it right.
There are many Nizas that exist in the world. Nizas of many names and situations that have happened as a result of the Curse. It’s easy for us to become overwhelmed by the trials and sufferings that we ourselves and loved ones are experiencing. But what we need most is for Christ to return, so that everything will be reconciled back to God and be restored to His perfect wholeness and completeness. It is this promise of a day with no more death or mourning or crying or pain (Rev 21:2-4) that brings us to our knees.
Jesus longs passionately to return and bring justice to the earth. We also long for an end to the suffering, pain, and injustice of this age. May it be that our desire for His return matches His desire to return to us. “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come’ “ (Rev 22:17).
Come, Lord Jesus, Come.