What Jesus Did! 'Stay Alert' — Mark 13:33

Thursday, October 3, 2024

[Talking about his second coming, Jesus continued,] "And since you don't know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!"
— Mark 13:33 NLT

Key Thought

Since we cannot know for sure the exact time of the Lord's return, our approach should be clear and without distraction. We are to stay alert and keep watch so that we are ready for the Lord's return whenever it occurs — ready with constant vigilance ... constant anticipation ... and constant moral preparedness.

Today's Prayer

O Father, I want to be ready when Jesus comes. Keep my eyes open, my heart pure, and my hands ready to do your will as I expect the glorious arrival of my victorious Lord. In his name, the mighty name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 26:41
  • Ephesians 6:18
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:6-10

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Illustration of Mark 13:33 NLT — [Talking about his second coming, Jesus continued,] "And since you don't know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!"

About This Devotional

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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