During this Monday’s 6am prayer meeting for marketplace believers, I prayed for a man who was going out to work. I made it my resolve to pray with Biblical language and, as the Scriptures command, with my hope completely fixed on that Day, “on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:13). I was also curious just to see how hope in THAT Day relates with hope for TODAY, observations that I will briefly mention after I lay out the prayer.
I prayed (to which you can pray with me),
“Lord, I ask that You would:
- Prepare his mind for action, keep him sober in spirit, fix his hope completely on the grace to be brought to him at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Pet. 1:13). That the hope of Day of the Lord and the coming Kingdom would become his foremost meditation and motivation today.
- That he would not love the world, love money, or be greedy for gain, but would be ready to share (1 Tim. 6:17-19), meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, merciful, pure, peaceful (Mt. 5:ff), conducting himself in fear along the narrow road of righteousness (1 Pet. 1:17, 2 Cor. 5:9-11, Mt. 7:13-14).
- Let men see his good works and glorify God because of them (Mt. 5:16). Let it be demonstrated by his excellent conduct among Gentiles at work (1 Pet. 2:12) that his hope is truly and fully fixed upon another age and that everything in his life is driven and explained by this Great Day when You will expose and judge the secrets of men through the Messiah and render to each person according to their deeds (Rom. 2:5-16), when the wicked will be cut off and the righteous will be lifted up to inherit the earth (Pss. 37, 75-76).
- In light of the great reversal of that day, give him grace to walk in loving meekness and goodness toward the wicked (Rom. 12:14-21), submitting to unloving government while, like Jesus, entrusting himself to Him who judges righteously (1 Pet. 2:13-23).
- Let his hope burn brightly and be contagious, that men would ask him to give an account for the hope that is in him and he would always be ready to warn men in light of that Day. That as he works in the marketplace, Messiah, not money or lust, would be set apart as Lord in his heart (1 Pet. 3:15) (A heart overflowing with the fairness of Jesus and the righteousness of His kingdom will adequately communicate this good theme to others –Ps. 45).
I then left him as someone else began praying for him.
Here is emphatic, biblical hope for the marketplace TODAY: Citizens of another age, sealed and chosen for the Kingdom of Messiah, who eagerly hope in Messiah, not themselves, and walk in such an excellence that points to His excellent Kingdom; a conduct of righteousness that points to that future “home of righteousness” (2 Pet. 3:13 NIV). While still sojourning in this present evil age (Gal. 1:4, Titus 2:12), knowing “the day is near”, we behave “as in the day” (Rom. 13:11-14), learning to walk in a way pleasing to the Lord (Eph. 5:8-10). The marketplace is a unique sphere of society wherein believers proclaim, not just a verbal witness to the Day of the Lord but also a living one.
A voice crying out in the marketplace, “Prepare the way of the Lord! Order your lives in light of His coming. Bear fruits in keeping with a repentant heart. Here’s how: Share with the one in need. Don’t be dishonest in your taxes, don’t steal money, don’t accuse falsely. Be content with your wages, because He’s coming to judge the world in righteousness and He will reward the righteous, but will throw the wicked into an unquenchable lake of fire!” (taken from Luke 3:3-18)
Randy Alcorn tweeted just after I prayed this on Monday, “To many of us, ‘hope’ sounds wishful and tentative, but biblical hope means to anticipate with trust, to expect a sure thing. Romans 8:34-35.”
The hope of the marketplace believer is no different than the hope of the clergy. There is “one hope of your calling” (Eph. 1:18, 4:4), bound up in the Day of His appearing. May we seek out that true, sure, blessed, biblical hope and may it become what it should be: the supreme object of fixation to which our hearts’ demanding search for hope finds its fulfillment as we walk in the marketplace, the home, or the cathedral.