But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. (1 Peter 4:7, NKJV)
Peter and those to whom he wrote lived in the last period of history, i.e., the last days. We do, too. The last days were inaugurated by the death, resurrection, ascension and exaltation of Jesus Christ, and will continue until He returns (1 Pet. 1:20; Acts 2:16-17; 1 Cor. 10:11; Heb. 1:2). Our prayers should reflect our faith that this is so. We should pray prudently and seriously. Our prayers should be offered to God with vigilance, not carelessness. “The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (Jas. 5:16). Although we do not know when, we do know this world is coming to an end. Allow this great truth to compel you to live a holy and godly life (2 Pet. 3:11).