“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:20.
When we say that prayer is work, this should not be construed as dutiful drudgery. The secret of an abundant prayer life begins with an understanding of what abiding in Christ means to a believer in daily life (John 15). The core of abiding (15:4-8) involves a spiritual understanding of our total inability to do anything of kingdom value apart from Christ abiding in us and we in Him. Abiding leads us to bear fruit, more fruit, and much fruit unto the glory of God. Fruit can be both souls saved and God-honoring responsiveness.
What then does it mean to abide in Christ? Briefly, it signifies learning about and enjoying our “in Christ” relationship as His redeemed (Jn. 14:20; Eph. 2:1-10) and allowing His words to abide in us through meditation (Jn.15:7-8). The result will be answered prayer mentioned in the beginning of this discussion: “You will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (15:7). We will then be able to enter into the God-energized work of prayer as we watch and persevere with God’s mind and heart and bring forth much fruit for the glory of God (Eph. 6:18).
May we be able to say at the end of life on earth as Jesus did: “I have finished the work which You have given me to do” (Jn. 17:4).
Father God, so often the work I do is in my own strength! Help me to do only that which You give me to do! When I try to be productive on my own there is no fruit, but when I faithfully stay attached to the Vine, You bring the fruit! Show me how to abide in You and to recognize that You and Jesus have come to make Your home in and with me! What an incredible mystery!
–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 18, Praying with God’s Heart and Mind by Joel Wilson). This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Read Psalm 108 and praise the Lord, whose love is higher than the heavens and whose faithfulness reaches to the skies. Give thanks for specific acts of faithfulness to you so far this week. Confess any unfaithfulness which has robbed God of his glory. Commit yourself to praising God among the nations (108:3). Ask him to show you the nations in our cities and around the globe.
Pray that everyone will see clearly that human strength cannot win the battle for peoples’ hearts (108:12-13). Ask God to gain the victory over spiritual enemies that bind the unsaved.
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