I know none of us want to think about the what if. But, the what if could happen at anytime. Maybe its because I see the what if take so many by surprise that I feel so compelled to prepare myself for what lies ahead. Here is my top 5 prayers if I should not wake up tomorrow.
#1: I pray I’m ready to meet God.
God’s word is clear that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). None of us know when our eternal departure is scheduled, but we know its coming. I pray that I’m ready and fully prepared to meet God face to face when my time comes.
#2: I pray my family is ready for my departure.
Of course, death always takes us by surprise. But, I pray my loved ones are sure of my love, my faith, and my hope. I realize my actions will have spoken louder than my words. I want to leave no doubt that I cared for them each deeply through all that I said and did while with them. I want them to feel certain that I’m in Heaven and that if they die in Christ we will see each other again.
#3: I pray I pointed all I could to Jesus.
I don’t want my success measured by my busyness. I pray that hundreds attend my funeral that I had the opportunity to share Christ with during my days on planet earth. I pray others just remember me as a man who loved like Jesus, lived like Jesus, and did all I could to point them to Jesus.
#4: I pray the preacher doesn’t have to say a thing.
I don’t want a preacher or anyone else having to make up good things to say about me when I die. I pray there is testimony after testimony of people who feel their lives were touched through God working through my life. I pray my funeral is a celebration of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and greatness.
#5: I pray I leave faithful.
I have always believed that it’s not how you start, but how you finish that counts. Regardless of my many shortcomings I want to be seen as finishing strong. No matter what I pray I hold on to my faith, remain faithful to my wife and kids, and continue to grow in Christlikeness everyday. I want others to say this about me, “He fought the good fight, He finished the race, and he remained faithful” (2 Timothy 4:7)
Now, I could write many more things, but these would top my list. What about you?