What Jesus Did! 'Keep Alert!' — Luke 21:34-36

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

[Jesus continued talking about his return,] "Watch out! Don't let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don't let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man."
— Luke 21:34-36 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus repeatedly warned his disciples during the latter part of his ministry to keep alert and be ready for his return. But what does being ready mean? Does it mean knowing the exact time of his return — the day or the hour? No, we can't know when he will return. [1] So what does it mean? It means to live with faithful vigilance, expectation, and hope for Jesus' return. He stands near and can return at any time.

[1] Matthew 24:36-39.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, the eternal God and Creator of the universe, work in me your righteous will to make me ready for your Son's glorious return. In his name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
  • Mark 13:33
  • Ephesians 6:18

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Illustration of Luke 21:34-36 NLT —  Keep alert at all times.

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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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