The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. [1Peter 4:7 NIV]
What comes to your mind when you read the first sentence of this quote? The end of the world or the end of your world? While it could mean either or both, lets interpret it to mean the end of your world. Death is a difficult thing to ponder. Most of us spend little time thinking about it much less doing anything about it.
Then there is the linkage of the second sentence to the first. Perhaps prayer is the correct reaction to the end of your world. Perhaps the only way to prepare for death is living life as a prayer. That said, I think most of us prefer to relegate prayer to a place and time thinking living life as a prayer might consume us.
Lord, help me to be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray
... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the epistles of Peter.