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Abiding

Feb. 2013 pic“If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask what you wish and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples” (John 15:7-8).

Hearing God is linked to having our prayers answered. Jesus did nothing unless His Father told Him (John 5:19-20). Still, He had a jump start on all creation. Like no one else, He was conceived of the Holy Spirit directly. All through His days on earth He was conscious of His Father’s initiatives (e.g., Luke 2:41-51), and was able to “learn obedience” by consistently obeying what He heard (Hebrews 5:8-9). This is something that we too have to learn, first of all by “unlearning” doing things merely from common sense. We must acquire sensitivity to the things of God and develop a sense of listening to the voice of the Spirit. The first step in that process is to immerse ourselves in Scripture, especially in the teaching of Jesus Himself.

Lord Jesus, help me to abide in You by listening to the voice of Your Spirit. I ask for the ability to be still and know that You are God, and to seek to do only what I hear You tell me to do.  Please give me a deep desire to abide in You and to bear much fruit for Your kingdom. 

–Adapted from Power Praying (Hearing Jesus’ Spirit by Praying Jesus’ Prayer) by David Chotka. This resource is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

Prayer Points

Praise God for his plans, from all eternity, done in perfect faithfulness (Isa. 25:1) which will come to pass as he purposes (Isa. 14:24). Thank God for his plans for you—to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future (Jer. 29:11). Confess to him your failure to learn contentment in every situation as Paul did (Phil. 4:11). Commit yourself to fearing the Lord, which leads to life, and thus rest content, untouched by trouble (Prov. 19:23). Ask God for real contentment in what you have (Heb. 13:5), remembering that he will never fail you nor forsake you.

Pray that God will challenge you to be involved in some kingdom endeavor close to home such as an assistance ministry. Ask God to give you real satisfaction in helping others.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

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