The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:7-8
There are more things than alcohol that can intoxicate your mind. All the other things that cause us to sin can skew our thinking. Anger can make us ‘see sideways’. Impatience can cause us to decide too hastily. Fear can imobilize us, rendering us ineffective.
All of these things (and more) can steal our clear thinking. Peter emphasizes being alert and having sober minds as Christ-followers so we can pray. Apparently being drunk on sin or distracted by life can make us dull to spiritual realities and unable to pray.
Prayer and alertness were important to Peter. “The end of all things is near” he wrote. I might miss out and the most important things of all if my mind is intoxicated and I’m prayerless.
We rely on the grace of God, it’s true. God’s grace should make us more mindful and intune with Him, however, isn’t that true? God’s grace doesn’t excuse prayerlessness; it propels us into prayer!
We are blessed by God’s grace to experience life with God. And so we do, mindful of the vast variety of things that want to steal away that life.
Lord Jesus, I thank you for Your Word and the opportunity to pray and experience this life with You. I thank You for Your grace and love for me, both demonstrated at the cross. You died for me… I live for You. Live through me today!