When a woman gets engaged, she begins to prepare for her wedding. Often times, the fiancee will make special efforts to look more beautiful at her wedding than she has ever appeared before. In many cultures, the woman and her family will work together to make or purchase special clothes, decorations, household items and gifts. They will send out invitations to relatives, friends and neighbors and arrange for as much feasting as they can afford. Whatever manner of preparations, the woman does not forget the man who is her groom.
May the Bride of Christ be ready for her Bridegroom’s return.
“Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.” (Isaiah 60:5) As more Christ-followers are sent forth and go, and as more people groups come to Christ, they bring the riches of their cultures and languages. Our King, make Your Bride more beautiful and radiant as Your glory is revealed among more of the world.
“The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” (John 17:22-23) As the Church works together to meet the opportunity and challenge of the movement of peoples from everywhere to everywhere, Christ-followers from different backgrounds can display His work of reconciliation through their mutual love and partnership. Our King, make Your Bride one as You are made known among more of the world.
“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:8) As Christ emptied Himself and became a migrant, taking on flesh, so the Church too must make ourselves nothing to bring His salvation to the lost and broken world. Our King, make Your Bride more like You in humility and in love, so that we may know You more.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Ask God how else to pray.