The Lord needs men and women who carry with them into the daily life the light of a godly example, men and women whose words and actions show that Christ is abiding in the heart, teaching, leading, and guiding. He needs men and women of prayer, who, by wrestling alone with God, obtain the victory over self, and then go forth to impart to others that which they have received from the Source of power.
In John 15, Christ tells us that He is the true vine and His Father is the vinedresser. As God’s children, we are to be attached, grafted to the true vine that gives us nourishment, strength, power, and the ability to bear fruit. The branches that do not bear fruit are cut off and taken away; the branches that do bear fruit are pruned so it can bear more fruit.
Did you notice? In both cases, cutting is involved. Just as a knife can be used to destroy (stabbing) or to heal (surgery), God, in His wisdom, will choose to handle each branch. A fruitless branch pulls needed nutrients away from those that produce fruit. The fruitful branch needs to be trimmed and guided in order for it to produce to its greatest capacity.
What kind of branch are you?
Jesus calls us to abide in Him and have Him abide in us. When this happens, He promises that “you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (vs. 7). The power of heaven is at our disposal – if we choose to abide in Him.
How do we abide in Him? By choosing to keep His commandments. “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (12). What a high standard! Can it truly be achieved? It must be, because Jesus again commands in verse 17, “love one another.” Through the power of the Holy Spirit and by listening to His guidance, we can keep God’s commandments and bear fruit for His purposes.
Why do we want to bear fruit? “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit” (vs. 8a). Don’t we want to give God glory? Let us choose today to bear good fruit for the Lord, the fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
I would like to share some suggestions for focused prayer. Feel free to claim other promises of God as well. Share them here! Do you have a Scripture that touches your heart? Or a song that fits our theme? I’d love to hear from you.
Praise God that it is Christ who bears fruit in you.
Pray that God will teach you how to abide in Him.
Pray that God’s Holy Spirit will be poured upon you so that you will bear the fruit of the Spirit.
Pray that God will help you understand better your need to abide in Him and give you the desire to do so.
Pray that family and friends will have the desire and learn how to abide in Him. Choose 7 individuals for whom you’d like to have focused prayer during these 10 Days. Pray, and watch God work miracles!
Pray for the unity of the Christian church in truth.
Pray for church leaders, that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit and abide in Christ.
Pray for every member to feel a burden for soul winning and to realize that heaven asks all of us to follow Christ’s steps in sharing our personal faith with God’s guidance.
Pray for any personal needs or anything on your heart.
Praise God for the different ways Jesus set us an example of how to abide in God.
Praise God in advance for how He is going to work and answer you prayers.
Claim John 14:23 at the end of your prayers, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word: and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.”
Choose today to be a fruitful branch – may you be blessed!