July 23
MORNING

Then comes the end.

“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. . . . And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”—The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.—The coming of the Lord is at hand. . . . Behold, the Judge is standing at the door.—“Surely I am coming soon.”

Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness.

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers.—“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.”

1 Cor. 15:24; Mark 13:32, 33, 37; 2 Pet. 3:9; Jas. 5:8, 9; Rev. 22:20; 2 Pet. 3:11; 1 Pet. 4:7; Luke 12:35, 36

EVENING

Brothers, pray for us.

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him. . . . And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. . . . Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.—Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.—Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.

Without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers.—Always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.

1 Thess. 5:25; Jas. 5:14-18; Eph. 6:18; Rom. 1:9-10; Col. 4:12