In this passage from verses 8 to 14, St Peter outlines a number of important truths. One is that the “apparent” delay in the second coming of Jesus means that God is giving people a chance to repent of their sins and turn back to Him, 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfil his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
Another truth is that the second coming is sure to come and people need to be prepared for it. 11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness. As they prepare for His coming they need to be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
How can we become more holy and godly? How can we become more without spot or blemish and at peace? By asking God in prayer to make us more like that!
A Prayer to pray
“Heavenly Father, I thank You that at His first coming, Jesus came and died, so that I might have forgiveness and eternal life by receiving Him. As I prepare for His second coming in power and glory, enable me to become the person You want me to be.
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, so that I might become more holy, more godly, more at peace with You as I live for You in Your world.
Fill me with Your love, so that I might be motivated and empowered by Your Spirit to live the life, to talk the talk and to walk the walk You want me to.
Enable me by Your Spirit to help others come to repentance and faith in You, so that they too might be ready for His coming in glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN”
Blog No.052. Jim Holbeck. Posted on Saturday 17th December 2011