Preparing Hearts

Jesus said to them…
“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.”
Mark 13:5a, 32-33, 37 ESV

Knowing that Jesus is truly Emmanuel, God with us, and learning to practice His Presence is vital to being healed and remaining healed. This practice of the Presence is not a method, but a walk with a Person — and in this walk there is always healing. And there is also, as the Scriptures and our experience plainly shows, an ongoing dialog. Listening to God then is a vital part of the practice of the Presence. [1]

Because Jesus is coming, we actively listen to His voice, alert to what is true and what really matters. He calls us, not to the draining vigilance of anxiety, but rather to the bright-eyed attentiveness that is natural in the presence of a great love. It is a privilege and joy that we have time today to prepare our hearts for His ultimate coming. There is nothing better we can do now than receive His healing word that continually makes us readier to live in His presence forever.


You, dear Lord, have loved me so well, from long before I knew Your Name. I want to listen to Your every word and follow Your every leading. Breathe Your Spirit within my spirit, and wake my soul to walk with You. Minister Your wholeness to my body and soul. Speak Lord, Your servant is listening.

[1] Leanne Payne, The Broken Image (Westchester, Ill, Cornerstone Books, 1981), p. 54.
Illustrated manuscript: Rossano Gospels, 6th century, The parable of the ten virgins [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Meditation prepared by Sarah Colyn, drawing on the writings and ministry of Leanne Payne.