I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:5-7)
- Abiding: Foundation of the Prayer Life
- Loving God with our all is the foundational principle of all that God calls us to
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)
- We cannot grow in prayer without growing in our relationship with the Lord. Our relationship of love with the Lord is a critical dimension to growing in faith.
- To abide in the Lord is to develop the heart connect with Him; to exert the effort and time it takes to connect our heart with the Lord in a dynamic way.
- One of the ways we do this is by filling our hearts with His word.
- Abiding in the Lord may also be called fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, because when we abide we are attentive to and engaged in ongoing dialogue with the Holy Spirit Who lives in our spirit.
- Abiding is two-fold: as we cultivate this ongoing relationship with God, He will abide in us. He will release His activity back in us.
We are responsible to dialogue with Him and give ourselves to Him
- The Holy Spirit will respond by being active in us: giving us wisdom, releasing His power in us, directing us, etc.
- Many people have an idea of ‘being led by the Spirit’ that wrongly expects continual direction, we must be proactive in feeding our hearts on the Word, and He will add to to this experience, by anointing it, and directing it, at different times
The Conditions of Answered Prayer
- We must abide in the Lord.
- His words must abide in us, or another way to say it is that we meditate on His Word, we talk to Him about His word
- The word of revelation must live inside of us. The core reality of the born-again experience is that God is living in us. This is the essence of the abiding relationship: we are talking to Jesus by the Holy Spirit Who lives in us. We cannot grow in our prayer life apart from this reality.
- He will not answer prayer that is outside of His will
- We must not stumble over the time-delay of answered prayer, nor grow weary in small beginnings
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess. 5:23)
Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. (1 John 3:9)
- The core reality of the born-again experience and the essence of the abiding relationship is that God is living in us, and we are talking to Jesus by the Holy Spirit. God’s seed is the Person of the Holy Spirit.
- This is key to learning how to love God with all of our heart. We cannot grow in our prayer life apart from this reality.
- It is essential that we love God with all of our heart; yet it is impossible to do that without fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit – without abiding in Him.
- It is in dialogue with the Holy Spirit that our hearts are powerfully connected with God’s heart and all the resource of Heaven.