Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. – Romans 12:12
In our anticipation of the second coming of Jesus we need His own advice to pray always and to hope. This is our attitude and our posture while we wait. Paul echos Jesus comments and reminds us that with the approaching second coming there will be persecution. Jesus was concerned knowing the enormous challenges that His disciples would face in the days leading to His trial and crucifixion, but it was His message to them as well that if they persecuted Him, they would do the same to them. They would be opposed and marginalized – tempted to lose hope.
Jesus even wondered at the end of His parable of the judge whether He would find anyone with faith – in other words, anyone who had not given up hope and who continue to be persistent in prayer.
But our citizenship[a] is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. – Philippians 3:20
Considering that our citizenship is in heaven and that is where we will finally fit in – we know this world is not our home. We are strangers longing for home. Our hope is not in social programs, or politics – our hope is in the second coming of Jesus. To come and make all things new, to put an end to sin and death, for a glorified body rid of sickness and decay – our hope is to see Jesus.
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, “Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” – Luke 18:1-8