The parable of the wise and foolish maidens teaches us that the Christian life includes waiting in hopefulness. Every disciple of Jesus needs to pray for the gifts of patience and perseverance.

While it is difficult to give up control and influence, it can be liberating. Am I ready to turn things back over to God?

O Jesus, help me to be patient and persevering. May I be confident as I wait and ready when You send me out.