Left up to us, we’d have the Lord Jesus return today, O God. We want to go home. This life hold little interest to us. The glories of heaven are what we desire. To be with you is all we want. To go where there are no tears, no suffering, no death, no darkness — this is our keenest hope.

But we know you have a purpose for our time here, both for our salvation and perfection and for the salvation of others. You are preparing us for that eternal habitation with you.

Help us to fulfill that purpose properly. Keep ourselves devoted to the Word and to prayer, to growing in the Spirit, to putting away the desires of this world, to serving without credit, to teaching others to become your children.

We trust in your wisdom and goodness, O Father, while we await the coming of our Lord and Savior.