Recently, my wife and I have started watching the show Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic. The premise of the show is to look into the lives of those who are gearing up for situations which they think are immanent that are going to drastically change life as we know it today. These people stockpile food, water, weapons, bartering items, etc. The show definitely has its characters on it but the idea may not be as comedic as originally thought. I'm not saying that the polar ice caps are going to melt or that the magnetic field of the earth is going to shift, or even that we are going to encounter a global economic breakdown. What I am saying is that this idea of prepping for the world to change isn't such a bad thing.
The show has one major idea, the people are worried that they will not be prepared in time for whatever they think is going to happen. I remember a man talking about this very idea. His name was Jesus the Christ, the Son of God and savior of the world. Mark records his words as, "...of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. (Mark 13:32-33)" He goes on to say, "Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
While these people are stockpiling material things to help them, Jesus says that Christians, the faithful children of God, will be stockpiling something much, much more important - PRAYERS. What does that mean? Should we just be praying and nothing else? No, I have a feeling that what Jesus was referring to was not only the verbal interaction between man and God, in which he voices his concerns and needs to the Creator, but everything that goes along with it! The Savior was trying to emphasize the need for children of God to worry about the spiritual in everything we do. And while some of our readers may be prepping material things, which I wouldn't say is entirely crazy, every one of our readers and every person alive should be prepping spiritual things.
We don't know if anything is going to change life for us, but I can guarantee you that the thing Jesus was referring to is going to happen. After all, He hasn't lied to us yet and He said He was coming back! (John 14:1-4).
So to quote a prepper, "Am I crazy... or are you?" - Let's start getting our spiritual stockpiles ready, because no one wants to be caught off guard at that day.