The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.
~ 1 Peter 4:7 (NLT)
A young man was driven to succeed in life no matter what. He was the top graduate of his class from college. He got married and had a family. He began to work his way up the corporate ladder. Soon, he became very wealthy and their little family was able to purchase their dream house, then vacation homes in Hawaii, Spain, and the Swiss Alps. The man became so successful he was running his own company, had his own private jet, and billions of dollars in the bank. Of course, he wasn’t really able to visit any of his vacation homes anymore. Life was too busy for that. In fact, he was working seven days per week and often got home after the family had gone to bed. Soon, his kids were all grown up and had families of their own. The man had seen pictures of his grandchildren, but never actually met them. But he had his success.
Then it happened. In his sixties, at the height of all of his financial success, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only a few days to live. As he lay dying in his hospital bed, his nurse asked, “With all of your success, what is the thing you regret most in life.” His answer? “I wish I would have spent more time with my family.”
Though this story is fiction, I believe it captures a truth about our lives. When we come to the end, whether it is from a health issue or old age, the things we thought were important turn out to be the very things that pulled us away from what truly was.
This is why Peter’s verse for us today is so powerful. “The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers.” In other words, Jesus is coming back at any moment. Don’t waste your time pursuing the things of this life that you think you need. Instead, connect on a deep level with your Savior.
Prayer, regular prayer, is our quality time with God. It’s those moments we get to share with Him. It’s the opportunity for Him to hear our voice and us to hear His. It’s the time we can cry, laugh, and be joyful together with Him. It’s the building block of our relationship with Him.
So, today, and every day, spend time with your Heavenly Father. Create those memories together. Bond over conversation and experience. When it all comes to an end, you’ll never regret it.